Sheep grazing fertiliser

farmer_Nick

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Livestock Farmer
Hi folks, wondering what the best way to fertilise sheep ground is. Based in Northern Ireland and have heard about too much nitrogen based fertiliser being bad for sheep but isn't that what makes grass grow? Also don't have too much acreage so hoping there some way around this. Cheers and thanks for any advice in advance.
 

tr250

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Northants
We put on 43kg/ha of nitrogen or a bag to the acre in old language and I think that’s a good balance between giving the grass a lift in the spring, cost and over doing the sheep with frem grass. That’s assuming your ph, p+k are all good
 
We used to put on Nitram with DoubleTop on silage/hay ground but now use DoubleTop on everything. I think sulphur is increasingly important. I might go up to 50kgN/ha but not really any more unless we're short of grass.

Everything seems to be bad for sheep and they can die from too much or too little of anything! I have avoided putting on MOP fertiliser in the spring after a bad problem with staggers (hypomagnesaemia) in the past.
 

farmer_Nick

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Livestock Farmer
Thanks for the reply tr250, is this a once off or continuous and is 'poisoning sheep' an easy thing to do or are they hardy enough to it?
and thanks as well cotswoldcs what does MOP mean in fertiliser and can the nutrients get balanced with licks to stop staggers?
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
I would just go in with nitrogen or 27-5-5 at most and not have the worry of staggers. Never liked too much N on sheep ground...... makes’em shite too thin and make a mess of themselves. Certainly in the summer anyway.
 

tr250

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Location
Northants
Thanks for the reply tr250, is this a once off or continuous and is 'poisoning sheep' an easy thing to do or are they hardy enough to it?
and thanks as well cotswoldcs what does MOP mean in fertiliser and can the nutrients get balanced with licks to stop staggers?
We just do one application in the spring. I’m not sure about poisoning sheep with nitrogen but the issue we have is a flush of frem grass causes dirty tails and the grass grows faster with a diluted vitamin and mineral content causing staggers etc
 

farmer_Nick

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Livestock Farmer
so should I just supplement with hay into summer? and then does well fertilised hay/haylage ground ultimately effect them poorly in the winter?
 

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