My small experiment with winter finishing some beef bullocks has come to an end (thank goodness) and, once again, it has served as a reminder that cattle should be stored over the winter, and finished off grass.

Over the years, I have had plenty of pleasant surprises after weighing grass-fed animals, whereas anything weighed out of the house usually disappoints. This winter’s cattle were no exception, and apart from under-performing at a physical and therefore financial level, it also becomes an embarrassment when talking to other farmers.