Organise cows for an easy calving season
Published 09/08/2011 | 05:00
There has been a tremendous burst of growth in the past couple of weeks, especially in the fields that were cut for silage earlier on.
These fields would have got a bag of Pasture Sward to the acre after cutting, and the one thing I find truly amazing is the amount of clover that has come through in pasture.
We are continuing to make some round bales out of any surplus grass. This has become a little bit more relevant than in previous years because I would say we possess the worst crop of maize in the whole country. No matter how kind the weather is to the maize between now and harvesting, at best I would estimate yield being around 50pc of other years.
The weather hasn't been particularly kind to maize everywhere this year but it looks like, at this stage, our problem might be more to do with crop rotation than weather.
With this in mind and with what grass is on the farm at the moment, we have let up some extra ground for silage, which we would not normally do.
This is made all the more easier because we have 24ac of new grass that was sowed in May and is available now for grazing. This crop grew extremely well and there are very high covers on it at the moment, so we will probably end up cutting some of it for silage.
We try to take a cut from land only once in the year so the next cut that we are taking will be off ground that has been in the grazing rotation up to now.
We have sprayed off a few paddocks recently and we will reseed them at the end of the month. Meanwhile, we got our hay saved and baled in lovely conditions.