Fodder Shortage 2018

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  1. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    On my family farm silage stocks going be tight by end of march, really needs to be early spring and grass growth
     
  2. scoffcruddle

    scoffcruddle Well-Known Member

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    My problem is I sold milk on a forward contract,normally I'd just milk less but I have to honour my contract.
     
  3. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    What about fodder beet would that be a solution?
     
  4. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    Are going increase the silage area you chop for 2019?
     
  5. scoffcruddle

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    Already feeding it.

    Would like to but looks like I may have less land this year.

    The options are.

    Give up.

    Go flying herd.

    Buy more land.

    Buy standing maize on contract.
     
  6. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    Standing maize on contract will be expensive
     
  7. Big Vern

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    Not necessarily I think,
    Depends how you do it,
    Any one wants to grow maize on our land, rents the field, they pay for seed drilling etc, all the risk is then with the renter, if they (the renter) is using a contractor to do that it's a fixed cost, + rent,
    None of this paying by the trailer load or not wanting it of its a bad season,

    Edit - I'm not trying to say it will cheap,, but the grower will know his cost before he starts,
     
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  8. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    If want rent land for extra fodder i.e. Silage that isn't getting any cheaper
     
  9. scoffcruddle

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    These lads aren't a million miles from me and they use walking floor trailers filled with a mouser,I'd only need to buckrake at my end.



    Mouser at 5 min in.
     
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  10. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    Is it big maize area Lancashire
     
  11. scoffcruddle

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    Not really,a fair amount on the Fylde and south lancs,a lot is shipped in from York direction.

    We grew it from 93 to 98,1 in 10 it's decent and 3 in 10 will be a waste of time bothering the rest is average,a normal year were a great grass area,mostly struggle getting on to harvest it.
     
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  12. holywell farmer

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    So I assume more whole crop is grown then,
     
  13. scoffcruddle

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    Very little i bet there's less than 200 acres in a 10 mile radius.
     
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  14. holywell farmer

    holywell farmer Well-Known Member

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    Very popular around north wakes whole crop, particularly when sown with peas,
     

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