Worrying lack of rain
Well after the false dawn of last month’s rain we are back to very dry conditions in North Kent with less than 15 millimetres in the last four weeks.
Imports and exports
Currently lamb prices are under pressure from all directions. With new season’s lambs averaging around 190 pence per kilogram in the local markets this week (22 May) and the standard quality quotation at 196ppkg lambs are making about 50p/kg less than at the same time last year – or £18.00 per head for an average 36kg lamb, which is quite a hit.
Where were the animals?
I do like to take my daughters to a proper local farming show so we all headed for Heathfield.
We started early at an invitation breakfast, courtesy of a local firm of land agents.
Barn owls return to hatch chicks
In a month of big news, substantial rain in Kent was up there with the national and international stories at least for this arable farmer. We have been blessed with 36 millimetres since 4 May and it has transformed the situation - even though regular top ups going forward are still essential and something around 13mm every 15 days would be about right.