We'll sow 12ac of grass and Typhon this year
With grass finally starting to grow, we have fertilised about 30ac for silage. It got three bags of 27:2.5:5 pasture sward and should be cut in late June.
It is hard to believe we made 100 bales on May 26 last year. We spread one-and-a-half bags after grazing and from now on any paddocks that can be skipped over will get an extra bag and be cut for silage. With no fodder left, we will have to grow as much grass as possible from now on to ensure feed for next winter.
With lambs growing and starting to eat more grass our demand is increasing each week. So there will not be much extra grass available until after weaning. This year, we will sow 12ac of new grass, again mixed with 1.5kg/ac of Typhon. We will use this forage crop to finish lambs in the hope that it will free up more grass for cutting from the grazing area. We will also sow forage rape after spring barley to keep ewe lambs over the winter months.
We all know it will not be easy to gather enough feed this winter so every option must be looked at. We may even sell lambs at a lighter weight than other years.
The one good thing this year is that grass quality is excellent, so lambs should thrive well until weaning.
We are moving onto the next paddock every four days and our rotation is now 16 days. On a sheep farm there is very little poaching of the land and we are able to keep a big group of 200 ewes and lambs together.
This is a great way to lengthen the rotation and keep grass quality at its best. Too many small groups result in too long a stay in each paddock which affects re-growth and quality. They also take more time herding each day.