Grass is getting tight but lambs' creep gates are working a treat
It is hard to believe that we didn't have rain of any quantity for six weeks until last weekend.
Grass on the grazing paddocks is getting tight due to the cold nights and very windy dry days. Having said that utilisation is excellent with no problem grazing out paddocks. We are dividing paddocks, using three rows of electric poly wire, for two reasons: firstly, to slow down rotation by getting two extra days from each paddock. And by using creep gates for the lambs to the next paddock, the ewes are eating down the grass well while the lambs have access to the best of the grass.
We had some paddocks too strong to graze in late April so we put extra fertilizer on about 25 acres, which should be ready to cut after May 20. We have cut 15 acres during the first week of May which yielded six bales per acre.
There has not been much regrowth on this ground but with rain it will come on quickly and be back into the grazing rotation.
We have another 12 acres that is only closed up since late April and will not be ready for cutting until mid-June. This should give us enough feed for next winter. From now on if growth starts to go ahead of what grass we need, our aim is to take out a few paddocks for reseeding.
All the lambs born in March have been dosed using a white drench. They also got their first shot of Heptavac- P. A lot of lambs were lame so all were put through the footbath made up of Zinc Sulphate and left stand on the clean dry yard for half an hour afterwards for the zinc to dry into their feet. We got a very good result and most lambs are now cured.
With the weather so good we also got time to dag any dirty ewes. We are now considering whether we should shear these ewes in late May with the intention of shearing them again in September.