Originally Posted by wrangler
Taking 42 bales of silage off it will remove a lot fertiliser from the soil too, you'll need more fertiliser instead of less if you keep doing it
It was depleted when I got it so meant a lot of fertiliser this year.
I got a load of slurry spread after the cut for free and have some calves in it now which gave me a €120 until the grass is gone and free fertiliser.
I've traded the bales for a heifer for the freezer and having taken half for myself have the balance sold for €500.
Cost me 1000 for fert, cutting and baling so have broken even at this point.
I'll also save on buying beef for the next 8-9 months. If I put some cash away I've made some money on the deal.
It was a better deal than holding the bales and hoping for a bad winter.
If I go this route next year, I won't need as much fertiliser
My other alternative is if I can let the field out, farmer fertilises, cuts etc and give me meat for the freezer.