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.