"Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Kiwi Pete, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Looks like everyone has got there rotations started. Let mine loose yesterday when I say let loose I opened the gate from the training field and left them to it as the arses wouldn’t come to the call or be forced This morning they had gone through the first cross fence but thankfully in the right alley.
    On goes my main battery which was charging over night and lean over the fence to turn it on and it knocked me on my ass, much better now!!!!
    So in short they needed more training time and closer supervision but ground conditions in the training field weren’t up to it. Now they are on a 2 day paddock to save moving on a Tb test day tomorrow.
     
  2. Crofter64

    Crofter64 Member

    Location:
    Eastern Canada
    Hope all goes smoothly tomorrow.
     
  3. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Thank you. So do I was pretty bad last week 8 reactors 4 of them with couple of week old Calves at foot and one about to calve. Makes 12 this time around So far. Dark days.
     
  4. Crofter64

    Crofter64 Member

    Location:
    Eastern Canada
    what will happen to the calves?
     
  5. Why not just have a drain plug at the bottom & empty it when you move ?
    It's not like it's a huge amount of water you're losing & it would certainly make it easier to tow . . .
    That's generally what people do here with mobile troughs - let's you clean out any grass or other debris from the trough as well
     
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  6. Tyedyetom

    Tyedyetom Member

    If you have fast flow ball valve then the trough could stay half full or less, less weight then.
     
  7. I was looking at that this morning. I recon I could run it only half full.
     
  8. Good point, especially if I only run it half full (see above). I might add a stop tap at the trough to make that even easier.
     
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  9. sh!t. :cry::cry::cry:
     
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  10. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I’ve got to try to get them onto milk when the mothers get picked up next week.
    First 4 reactors went yesterday 2 of them cows with calves around 6 weeks old. Not sure I will get them onto milk but will give it a go.
    Last thing I need at the moment.
     
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  11. This is the plan for this year:

    Red lines are semi-permanent lane wires and yellow ones are where I aim to divide into cells. The water trough connecting points are the blue stars. The set stocked field is because it is owned by our neighbours who don't want it growing too long and spoiling their view.

    The cells are absed on an average size of 0.494 acres (or 2000M2 for you metric folks :rolleyes:).

    I'm already noticing plant species in the meadows that I haven't seen in there before.

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  12. Henarar

    Henarar Member

    Location:
    ZumerZet Somerset
    must be bloody awful Sam :(
     
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  13. Henarar

    Henarar Member

    Location:
    ZumerZet Somerset
    now that makes it more easy to see how it could be done with silly shaped fields (y)
    what did you use to draw it with ?
    only thing I would have done is made the semi permanent fence yellow as you have the outside of the fields because it stands out better and the sub dividers red, but that may just be my eyes:unsure:
     
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  14. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Cracker (y) How many cows? My memory is not playing the game tonight :rolleyes:
     
  15. Poorbuthappy

    Poorbuthappy Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Daily moves or more often?
     
  16. Silly shaped fields! How very dare you :D:p

    Thanks. (y):D

    Screen grab from Google maps (with the scale bar) using Microsoft Snipping Tool (comes with Windows 10) then loaded into MS Paint to add the lines and text.
     
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  17. 35 5-600kg cows plus their young calves (& the bull next month).

    Aiming for 40M wide lanes and 50M cross wires to give 2000M2. If I need to REALLY slow down later in summer I'll reduce the cross wires to 40M as well.
     
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  18. Doing twice a day for now to get round quick as grass is growing fast (in some places).

    If fact first time round I'm only grazing these areas edged in pink as the rest hasn't grown enough and will wait until second round.

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  19. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Sweet, having a regular 60 to 70 paddocks will serve you pretty well. If you can speed them up over spring to avoid stressing your grass too much then that will serve you well, too.

    Curious as to what "new" species you're seeing in your pasture?
     
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  20. Could you have some form of bungyied cover that you pull on pre move and then remove after?

    still doing rotation - have started doing back fencing and the lmabs are all getting their earings tomorrow..and first weigh..
    the new mineral bar is being put out soon (as soonh as ive recieved the sulphur) till then they are on the premix...
    doing lots of pasture walks working out what to do as ive got alot of clover showing where previously there was none... and i honestly dont know how to run clover - so one field is getting a skim graze and the other is being skipped first time round.
    and finally put pen to paper on my paddock plan .. so should be done tonight with that...
     
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