Ex­tended graz­ing

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

Sheep farm­ers car­ry­ing stock out­doors over the winter need to start build­ing the feed sup­ply now. Ex­tended graz­ing for ewes or lambs, with daily or twice-weekly al­lo­ca­tions, has been shown to ef­fec­tively main­tain per­for­mance while re­duc­ing the over­all area gazed in the winter.

Al­though it will af­fect the sward struc­ture long term, it may prove an op­tion for fields des­tined for re­seed­ing. Ide­ally, se­lect ar­eas re­cently cut or grazed tightly (to 4cm or less), for bet­ter grass qual­ity. These ar­eas need 35kg-40kg of ni­tro­gen to boost growth. Graz­ing in mid-De­cem­ber or mid-January is com­pa­ra­ble to 70 or 65 DMD, re­spec­tively.

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