Move the `expectant' cows into the calving area 7-10 days
before and practise night-time silage feeding;
If mastitis in heifers has been a problem, teat-seal them
four to six weeks before calving;
...long working hours, by resting well and booking relief help
for a few days per week.
Work hours are going to be 12-16 hours per day, but get
help before accidents happen due to tiredness and running
from one job to the next;
Being tired will result in you being cross, irritable,
impatient, unable `to think straight' and disrespectful of
family/employees/farm visitors". Be honest; have you been
like that? If in doubt, ask your partner or another family
...to kill ragwort now, by spraying in early January with MCPA
Use your discussion group to build knowledge and skills
Never before was your discussion group more important
to you. As there is a range of skills and ideas within each
discussion group, you must ensure it works well this year to
prepare you for the new era.
You should have had your AGM by now and be ready to roll
before cows start calving.
Have an annual programme made out so that the group
easily functions for the year;
Any officer should not serve more than one year, because it
is such a good training ground for shy people or those who
need to develop their communication and leadership skills;
A small sub-committee should decide on the annual
programme and other tasks.
Discussion groups must move on to dealing with the new
era requirements of dairy farming:
Labour management and training staff;
Team decision making;
Managing personal health and stress;
Whole farm analysis of farms visited is very beneficial.
I would like to wish my readers and their families a happy
and prosperous new year.