Pulling fields out of rotation an option with grass cover build-up
round bales of silage or close some paddocks up for hay. We use quite a bit of hay at calving time in August, and any time you can get a few extra bales of hay is a bonus.
We are currently cleaning out all the sheds. While disinfection, especially of the calving areas, is extremely important, I also think it’s important to have them cleaned out for as long as possible to let plenty of sunlight and air in around them. This also gives us a chance to do necessary repairs to gates, water troughs, etc.
All the calves have been treated for worms with Normectin pour-on in the past few weeks, although none of them were coughing. When you are looking for maximum performance from youngstock, I always feel that if you hear them coughing you are already a week late in dosing. maize, in the open (not under plastic). This crop is following one of carrots, which had been covered with straw. We used two varieties, Justina and V43, which were recommended to us by our seed supplier. The field was ploughed and we incorporated 5cwt of 20-0-15 into the seedbed.
The silage ground has been closed up for a few weeks at this stage and looks to be growing well. All the silage ground was grazed in the spring. After grazing, we applied an average of 2,500ga of well-diluted slurry per acre. The conditions at the time of spreading were as near to ideal as it could get – dull and overcast, with a slight mist of rain at times and excellent ground conditions. We then applied 3-3.75 cwt/ac of Cut Sward. The rates varied, depending on the amount of slurry that went on individual fields and also with reference to our soil samples.
We recently sprayed off a field with Roundup. We are planning to clean up existing drains and put in some shores. We will then sub-soil it and reseed it, using a one-pass. Our plan is to make paddocks out of this field.