'Managing grass growth is the challenge now that the rainy season has arrived'
After waiting for the rain to arrive, the big change has obviously been the explosion in grass growth. The trick now is to manage this grass to get the best value from it for the ewes and lambs.
We are often coming out of a period of slow growth.
A month ago there was growth of about 40kg DM per day but this has now shot up to 80kg DM per day. The key priority now is to keep grass cover down and keep things under control.
It is important to walk the farm regularly and know what grass is ahead of you.
Trying to graze all available grass is not an option now so other measures to control grass will have to be used. If you do not, quality will suffer when grass gets too strong - the leaf is the good part of the grass, not the stem.
If you do not keep on top of it, it can be hard to graze swards out and quality will drop maybe not this time but next time you graze it.
The options when grass gets too strong are to take out paddocks for silage bales or graze the paddocks as best as you can and take it out the next time it is due for grazing. This will help to rejig the quality.
Another option if you have dry hoggets or dry ewes is to graze them and then, by using the mower, topping off what stemmy grass they leave.