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Archive for August, 2013

Silage Results

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Starting to get some silage analysis back now and results look really good. Only problem will be shortages of quantity. For ad-lib silage intakes with dairy cows budget on 11-12 kg dry matter per day, and remember with good silage they will eat more than usual. Assess stocks – 20 kg’s of silage per cubic foot of clamp, and work out how much there is, budget how much is needed, and be realistic on who really needs the good stuff. Heifers on straw and maize gluten (£180-190/tonne at present) is a really effective system and will save some silage for the millers.

When balancing winter rations, try and take advice from an independent nutritionist – they won’t try to sell you something you don’t need!

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After the Show!

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Many thanks to all those who called with us at the Pembrokeshire show. The winner of the prize hamper was Teifi Jenkins – congratulations. We hope you all enjoyed some hospitality and look forward to catching up over the next few weeks and months.

Forward feed purchases

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Some of the industry experts are predicting that feed pricing is close to the bottom of the market. They suggest that now may be a good time to book a decent level of forward cover.
It would be prudent to assess forage stocks and analyse quality first. Bear in mind it will be far easier to buy on a falling market than a rising one!!

Financial Planning

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Every business we are dealing with are experiencing cashflow pressures, suppliers are finding customers are taking longer to pay bills. It is crucial that all parties communicate at an early stage, explain the issues, and give realistic payment timings. Don’t expect suppliers to be comfortable with deferred payment, but offer interest, and part payments if the whole balance cannot be cleared.

Speak to the bank at an early stage to see if they are able to offer assistance. Producing a cashflow projection should help to see where the position improves. We can help in the production of a cashflow and budget, contact us, and let us help release some pressure.

Pembrokeshire Show Invite

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all to visit us at the forthcoming Pembrokeshire show. John, Iwan and Wendy will be available for a chat on all 3 days and would be delighted to meet you. We will have cheese and wine available at lunchtimes, and tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Look forward to seeing you!