I’m not sure if it’s climate change adaptation or being weather-flexible but calendar farming has gone out the window this year. Having switched to 100% spring calving I had planned to start breeding three weeks earlier on 23 April. I delayed till the start of May in the hopes of better weather and a less-stressed farmer. Better to have a tight calving pattern than only a handful calving in the first 10 days due to poor submissions or the dreaded repeats.

Cow condition is good considering the lack of a spring and there was 80% submission rate in the first 3 weeks with 71% non-return rate. That would give 57% of cows calving in the first 3 weeks next spring, not ground breaking but acceptable.