The cold winter nights are often a time for the fireside and family. It is also a time to reflect on what went well on farm and what we can do better. Farming systems are cyclical – some parts we can control and others we can’t. The weather and markets are beyond our control. Time spent worrying about both is often time wasted. We can only control what is inside the farm gate. Animal health is one area we can look at, and definitely do something about. Here are eight things we can plan ahead for this winter.

1 Silage analysis