Old guys up here used to say there was no real growth around here till then, well they've been none so far this year, things are going to be late, silage, hay, shearing if it does come some real heat, not just in South East. Everywhere.
I remember in 1989 a neighbour who has lived here over 80 years asked my if I had plenty silage , I said yes , good long time till the end of may ! I thought he was joking but I bet I have fed till end of may more times than I have not since .
Shag all grass growth here. Father was very keen to kick cattle out for Easter weekend, a month ago. I was a little concerned that there didnt look much grass ahead of them then. Full rotation and there has hardly been any regrowth.
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:
Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...