Sheep: Reseeded ground is already paying dividends
Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30
Last year I reseeded some old pasture that wasn't productive, it was slow to grow in spring and produced very little throughout the year.
The difference this spring between the reseeded ground and old swards was like chalk and cheese. Despite poor growth this spring, the reseeded ground outperformed older swards easily.
I have decided to continue reseeding this year to help improve grass growth on the farm. Spring is when I'm mostly under pressure for grass and having newly reseeded ground should help this and also help the quality of grass the sheep are grazing.
The field has been sprayed off and will be power harrowed. It should be finished with a new sward established to coincide with weaning. I will then graze it with the newly weaned lambs.
All lambs have received their first worm drench of the season as the risk of nematodirus was high. All ewe lambs on the farm that will go on for sale and/or breeding have been started on the Heptavac P programme.
Clostridial diseases can pose a massive threat to many sheep, beef and dairy farmers throughout the country.
Lambs received the first shot of the vaccine last week and will get the booster shot within four to six weeks.
This is part of an initiative by the Mayo Mule and Greyface group which has made it compulsory for all members to adopt this programme. I think it is a very positive step for the group and will give customers some peace of mind when buying their Mule and Greyface lambs and hoggets.