Make sure your grazing down your covers

Cows grazing in South Cumbria this week

Grazing covers down now will help maintain grass quality through the season, and grass is really palatable at this time of year.

If you can can get covers down o 1500-1700 kg/DM/ha post grazing that will be the target.

Growth rates are hitting 70 kg/day on some platforms as temperatures increase, so magic day is nearly here

Damaged Swards what next

Grass Renovation for Winter damaged fields
What next ?
When its dry enough
Graze down as much as possible .
Aerate if soil is capped on the surface
Then scratch seed or direct drill new Grass seeds into the surface Sow seeds at 10 kg acre if just rejuvenating the sward or 15 kg/acre if it’s really damaged
Then roll straight away to trap the moisture around the new seed. Graze for a following week I, this will help tread any seed back into the surface —then leave for 3 weeks so the new seeds have chance to germinate and establish.
Graze ideally or cut in 4-5 weeks time once the new plants have anchorage in the soil (You should be able to pull anew seed and the plant should snap not pull out the whole new seedling).         .

Grass Growth Doubles in a week !!-

Ground conditions changing by the day – what seemed impossible to walk on last week looks totally different today (ish)

Soil temperatures of 9.5-10 degrees- grass will grow at a pace

Grass Growth on the up

Soil temperatures at 9.5-10 degrees and after this weekend more day than night , so grass growth is going one “up” , we are still behind last year by approx 36% to date.