- Reduced grass growth and potentially smaller acres of grass conserved with lower yields.
- Poor and uneven establishment of spring sown crops. An immediate reaction to this is the increased price for malting barley in expectation of a shortage of malting quality from this year’s harvest.
At present the outlook for livestock producers is –
- Poorer grazing performance for growing stock with fewer finishing off grass and lighter animals at the start of next winter.
- Breeding stock in poorer condition next autumn, particularly if it is a wet autumn as predicted.
- Tight winter forage supplies (although hopefully of good quality) with concentrates/cereals more expensive?
As always planning early can help minimise these problems eg –
- Result in poor feed value and in addition could make harvest difficult if wet conditions do continue and as long range forescasts predict.
- Where cereal fields are cleared quickly, consider planting a catch crop for grazing later in the winter.
- Consider selling more stock store in the autumn.
Basil Lowman, email@example.com
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