Spring Grazing

Spring block calving is about to begin, so its time to work out grass covers ready for grazing over the the next month

Aim for a pre graze cover of 2200-2300 kg/cover , at this cover grass quality is high which is ideal for new calved animals , much higher than this on over covers the quality will be lower and hence have a impact on the diet.

Graze the paddocks on off at first (3-4 hours/day ) , aim to get around all the paddocks as fast as you can – Why because grazing grass simulates grass growth after the winter period.

Early grazing in Lancashire

Keep a eye on forage stocks

With this years grass growth being back 5% on last years total grown, it will be important to keep a eye on silage stocks.

If you are going to struggle to make it to turn out – now is the time to act

Herbal ley trail in the Ribble Valley

First picture Soil Structure from the Control Area of the field (so not under a herbal ley, this soil is compacted and cracking horizontally in slaps ),

The second Picture is of Soil in the same field which has been planted with Herbal Ley (this is soil which is much better in terms of Structure and soil life status )