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

som farmer

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Does anyone spin out their seed in the fert spreader mixed in with N? Dos that work?
wagtail is ok, twin disc not so good, we always drill ours, spent £7,500 on a 2nd hand vaderstat, last year, virtually paid for itself already, cross drill, or d/d. It's a personal matter of choice which way you do it, grass box and einbok are pretty good as well. Our drill, we can drill everything between clover seed to corn accurately, very pleased with it.
 

som farmer

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just looked up how long the dairy grazed kale/rape, from 27july, they have had 1 feed/day from the rape, short break in late sept, back on mid oct, i/c hfrs were on it between, spring calvers some stayed out on kale 1st week december, dry cows go out, and still out on kale, rape/kale is sown in stages. That is a lot of rape used, and still ran short of both grass and silage !
 

Kiwi Pete

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Does anyone spin out their seed in the fert spreader mixed in with N? Dos that work?
We probably spin on 1600ha of seed a year, usually about a 50:50 of DAP and serpentine super and just put the seed into the bin in fractions
Usual recipe would be something like 250kg DAP 250kg serp per ha and sow twice at 250kg/ha

Brassicas and cereals I set the GPS for 16m and grass about 11m.. sow into the middle and back out to the gate

This is with a twin-disc belt type spreading bin on a 4x4 Merc truck
 

Kiwi Pete

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Does anyone know what the wee yellow flower is, some kind of nettle? I haven't grazed this part for a while, sort of a riparian area
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hence the doggy sort of old grass around it
 

Kiwi Pete

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are the leaves a bit spiky shaped for a dead nettle ?
The easiest way to describe it is that it looks "like a skunky dope plant", I think it's a dwarf version of what BTT says. But yes the upper leaves are quite pointy at the end and broad at the base, like a spear-head.
Sorry it's a bit of a poor photo, I've seen them here before, about the time the mob started the deferred grass 6 months ago. Seems to pop up if we put the rest periods out, this won't have been grazed for 4 months or so and then it was just a buzz-cut (hence the fog and browntop)
 

Kiwi Pete

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That nicely topped paddock @GC74
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amazing how good it looks now compared to when it was "young grass" that had been undersown under a triticale wholecrop, literally bare patches the size of a dinnertable where it had been smothered/shaded out.
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Bit of dismantling going on today, going to have a brew and then go and lift out some posts with the tractor. Certainly enjoying this "open plan" style of farming, moreso next week when the animals begin to head out the gate
 

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The 31 March deadline for responses to RABI’s Big Farming Survey is fast approaching and everyone linked to farming across England and Wales is being encouraged to take part.

“The support that we’ve received since the launch of The Big Farming Survey in January has been incredible. We’d like to thank everyone who has already completed the questionnaire or promoted the research project more widely,” says RABI’s Chief Executive, Alicia Chivers.

“However, the more comprehensive the data collected, the better the reflection on the daily realities of people from all sectors of agriculture and across all regions,” she adds. “We therefore want to hear from farmers, farm workers, contractors, spouses, adult-aged children and...
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