Going back to your grass roots ...
How are you dealing with excessive grass on the grazing platform at present? Do you know what your target pre-grazing cover should be? Are you prepared to pull out paddocks with high covers?
These are the questions doing the rounds at discussion groups -- dealing with a situation not known for at least two years. To work through this period of high-grass growth effectively requires good management.
It is also essential that all relevant figures are available. Are you walking the grazing area once, if not twice, a week? What is the stocking rate on the grazing platform, what length is the rotation and what is the daily allocation of grass DM per cow?
This figure is the target pre-grazing cover -- what use can be made of it? Having the herd going into covers greater than this target suggests that paddocks need to be mowed out and wrapped. Taking out one or two earmarked for grazing in the next two or three days will allow the herd to graze a cover similar to the pre-grazing target.
Some farmers dislike getting in a contractor to wrap less than 10 bales, but don't feel this is expensive or a waste of grass. These bales may be used sooner than expected, if the current surplus turns into a deficit in a month's time.
These wraps contain top-quality material -- they are an extension of the grazing area and will retain their high quality until required. Taking out one or two paddocks will speed up the rotation.
At Kildalton College, a growth rate of 106kg grass DM/day was recorded last week, so in a week, a paddock will have a cover of more than 700kg. Regrowth tends to be of excellent-quality material, with a high usage of grass on the next rotation.
There is also quite a bit of debate at discussion groups whether to cut these paddocks immediately or allow them to bulk up for a week to 10 days.