We've gone from having just enough grass for grazing to closing off extra paddocks for silage
With a great burst of growth, our farm has gone from having just about enough grass for grazing to extra paddocks being closed up for silage. We put one bag per ac of nitrogen on 20ac that was not needed for grazing.
This will now be cut in July, hopefully at least some of it for hay. We only cut one field during the dry spell for silage. This was excellent quality, but only six bales per acre.
These bales will be kept separate and given to the autumn-born calves. If the rest of the silage could be conserved in the same type of weather, it would cut down on the meal bill for next winter.
All lambs were dosed at the end of May. The lambs were getting dirty, so we took dung samples and had them analysed. The reading for stomach worms was 600 and there was also a reading for nematodirus of 300.
We were surprised to see such a high reading for nematodirus since this normally peaks in the spring with the first warm week. I suppose it is a function of the year we've just had that this worm is still hatching out so late this year.
Whenever the stomach worms are above 300, I know that I should be dosing. All lambs dried up quickly after the shot of Normectin, but I will probably have to go back and sample again.
Back in the old days, I would have just gone back in with another blanket dose, but with worm resistance on the increase, we are very careful to only dose when required. If the reading is still above 300 the next time, we'll have no choice but to dose again.
We are now dagging ewes and putting Clik on them to prevent fly-strike as they will not be shorn until early August. The lambs will not get Clik for another couple of weeks. They all got a mineral dose last week to prevent cobalt deficiency.