Frosted grazing ground

MickyMook

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Livestock Farmer
Location
County Down
Hello folks, hoping that someone with more experience than me can guide me on this. All our grazing ground is blackened at the tips somewhat after several weeks of nightly frosts. The worst affected is a patchy poorly established reseed. I had intended to get this stitched but for various reasons I’m leaving it until the autumn. It was grazed up until about a week ago in preparation for stitching, but the guttlet hardly even scratched the hard ground - the grazing is not as tight as I would have liked. There is some length on it in places but limited bulk, and badly blackened tips. I have since applied fertiliser but was considering topping it to clear off the frost damaged tips. The ground is extremely hard and in a bit of a drought at the moment. Does anyone have any thoughts?
 

lloyd

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Location
Herefordshire
Hello folks, hoping that someone with more experience than me can guide me on this. All our grazing ground is blackened at the tips somewhat after several weeks of nightly frosts. The worst affected is a patchy poorly established reseed. I had intended to get this stitched but for various reasons I’m leaving it until the autumn. It was grazed up until about a week ago in preparation for stitching, but the guttlet hardly even scratched the hard ground - the grazing is not as tight as I would have liked. There is some length on it in places but limited bulk, and badly blackened tips. I have since applied fertiliser but was considering topping it to clear off the frost damaged tips. The ground is extremely hard and in a bit of a drought at the moment. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Yep sell up and move to a kinder area.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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