Pros and cons of system
The current reseeding trend among farmers is for 50:50 in spring versus autumn reseeding.
For farmers who are considering reseeding in the coming weeks, what are the advantages and disadvantages of completing the work in the spring?
Teagasc Moorepark's Michael O'Donovan makes some observations:
- You can graze a paddock once before reseeding in April and the paddock can come back into the rotation by June;
- The total loss is three rotations, or 60 days, which amounts to 4.5-5.5t of dry matter.
- The biggest gain is that you will have a reseeded paddock to offer the herd in mid-season.
- The reseeded sward is also productive for the remainder of the year and will have settled for the coming year.
- Studies have shown that a one-pass and direct-drilling system of reseeding will lead to a higher dry matter production in the year of establishment. Dry matter production from a spring reseed produced as much, if not more, grass than the old, permanent pasture.