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New rye­grass growth (in­clud­ing re­growth on old grass) can cause grass stag­gers (mag­ne­sium de­fi­ciency), ni­trate poi­son­ing and bloat in au­tumn. En­cour­age the growth of clover, chicory and other plants to min­imise the avail­able amount of rye­grass. Feed sup­ple­ments, re­strict ac­cess to new growth, and al­low grasses to ma­ture be­fore an­i­mals graze it. This is bet­ter for both the plants and for live­stock. With re­main­ing hu­mid­ity in north­ern ar­eas there may still be a risk of high fa­cial eczema spores. Check spore lev­els for weekly lo­cal up­dates: www.asure­qual­ity.com/our-in­dus­tries/live­stock/dis­ease-man­age­ment/ fa­cial-eczema-mon­i­tor­ing/

Re­sow pas­ture in warmer ar­eas while the soil tem­per­a­ture and weather are still good. Op­tions to con­sider in­clude en­do­phyte-free rye­grasses, var­i­ous clover va­ri­eties, herbal plants like plan­tain and chicory, and drought-tol­er­ant pas­ture plants such as cocks­foot, phalaris and prairie grass.

Test your soil. Fer­tiliser and lime need to be ap­plied be­fore any pas­ture is re­sown. As good rain­fall is also nec­es­sary, tim­ing is cru­cial. Other farm­ers will also be wait­ing for rain and so there may be a queue for the fer­tiliser to be spread – stay in touch with your con­trac­tor.

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