Stubble Turnips - Grazing Rates (£)

Jerry

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Doing some budgeting, how much do people charge for sheep keep on stubble turnips over winter?

Me doing the fence moves and stock checks.
 
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spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk
its a 'market place'...i heard up to £1/wk/lamb last season :oops:

i've offered a neighbour £20/ac for bare land after harvest....i do all work ...supply seed fert...establish etc:scratchhead:...plucked the figure outta thin air....not sure if i'm mad or not:scratchhead:
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
70p/head/week for ewes I pay. Deduct £30-£40/acre to DD, seed, roll, diesel. I put silage in the whole time and strip graze on 4/5 day breaks which lengthens the time their on there by a considerable amount but it’s feet off the lambing grass fields
 
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DanM

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Wiltshire
its a 'market place'...i heard up to £1/wk/lamb last season :oops:

i've offered a neighbour £20/ac for bare land after harvest....i do all work ...supply seed fert...establish etc:scratchhead:...plucked the figure outta thin air....not sure if i'm mad or not:scratchhead:
Downside of doing this, is if the beetles eat them it’s a costly exercise and your still left to look for winter keep!
 

neilo

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Montgomeryshire
its a 'market place'...i heard up to £1/wk/lamb last season :oops:

i've offered a neighbour £20/ac for bare land after harvest....i do all work ...supply seed fert...establish etc:scratchhead:...plucked the figure outta thin air....not sure if i'm mad or not:scratchhead:
Local store lamb guys are supposed to be paying up to £100/ac for ground on the same basis, for the right ground obviously.

I thought that was nuts, but then heard of a poor/late drilled crop of turnips being offered through the local auctioneers at £150/ac a couple of months ago...
 

Anymulewilldo

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Livestock Farmer
its a 'market place'...i heard up to £1/wk/lamb last season :oops:

i've offered a neighbour £20/ac for bare land after harvest....i do all work ...supply seed fert...establish etc:scratchhead:...plucked the figure outta thin air....not sure if i'm mad or not:scratchhead:
I was told by a store lamb man who does a lot of stubble-stubble green crop that you don’t want too be paying much more than £12/acre for bare stubble. Much more than that and if it isn’t a tip top crop it’s dear feed. Although being next door is obviously worth something.

When I started on the store lambs I was doing stubble-stubble agreements but as someone else said if the crop fails it’s all on me too find alternative keep! The land I could get also wasn’t well farmed land. Very sandy, good too graze mid winter but no weight of muck on it. I had too feet heavy too get any kind of a crop worth grazing. When I got enough people growing for me on a headage basis I stopped drilling them myself apart from at home as a grass break crop.

Good luck!!
 

nonemouse

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North yorks
I’ve grown stubble turnips for man who usually grazes our winter grass, deal is same headage rate as grass, they have to be off grass by end of December, so then go onto turnips. Work on about 35p/head/week on lambs just over 50p for ewes. He does all fencing and welfare checks.
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
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West Wales
When the crop is sown will be the biggest factor I assume, once your into mid august the chances of a decent crop is diminishing, hitting September and it really is a break even crop.
Green crop after Winter barley would be worth something, after spring barley or spring wheat the money has got to come down, those 2-3 weeks difference in harvest times is a lot of growth on the green crop, especially if you usually get frost by November/December so it stops it growing completely
 

nonemouse

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North yorks
Its amazing how rates vary . Must be due to demand ,35 p would not cover growing costs
Depends what your growing costs are, only worth doing following winter barley ( or better still whole crop wheat) clear field, splash a bit of slurry on, direct drill some turnip seed. An insecticide and low rate graminicide ONLY if needed. A little bit of liquid N about end of august. And then hope the weather plays ball.
 

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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