Rainfall running at a fifth of our June average
Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30
June has proven to be a particularly dry month here in Lyons.
At the time of writing(June 26) our monthly rainfall is running at just 22pc of our 10-year average resulting in a drop in grass growth in the last two weeks in particular.
At the moment the sheep grazing ground is growing 40kg DM/ha/day so we are desperately in need of rain.
The dairy ground at Lyons is faring much better with a daily growth of 62 kg DM/ha. As the sheep ground is elevated with a much shallower layer of top soil it is particularly susceptible to dry conditions.
Both are relatively freshly reseeded, so it is not an issue of pasture age.
With the exception of the repeats our lambs are now all weaned. The twins which are enrolled in Connie Grace's mixed species grazing study were weaned at 14 weeks of age and achieved an average live weight at weaning of 34kg. This represents a daily live weight gain from birth of 287g per day.
These farmlets are stocked at 12.5 ewes/ha. The twins not enrolled in the grazing study along with any single and triplet born lambs were weaned at 13 weeks of age and hit 33kg live weight.
Grass demand The non-experimental animals are grazing silage (cut May 15) after grass, while the experimental lambs remain within their experimental farmlets. Lambs are grazing down to a post grazing sward height of 5 cm with the ewes then coming in to take it down to 4.25cm.