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Weedy grasses like pas­palum, sum­mer grass and crow­foot of­ten smother bare patches left af­ter a dry sum­mer. Through­out au­tumn it can look as if a pad­dock is grow­ing well. But these semi-trop­i­cal grasses will dis­ap­pear at the first frost, leav­ing large ar­eas of bare ground where other weeds will ger­mi­nate. Drilling seed into the ex­ist­ing sward (best done af­ter spray­ing out a pad­dock) is a good option.

If you’re re­grass­ing, con­sider us­ing a mix of more drought-re­sis­tant species, in­clud­ing highly nu­tri­tious ones that won’t har­bour fa­cial eczema spores, eg chicory, plan­tain.

Make sure your soil fer­til­ity is up to scratch or any new pas­tures will soon end up like the old ones.

Fa­cial eczema (FE) can still be a risk even this late in au­tumn. Keep pre­ven­tion go­ing if spore counts are still high. Con­sult your vet for pre­ven­tion meth­ods, and check with them if cat­tle will need help with cop­per sup­ple­men­ta­tion (which is af­fected by zinc sup­ple­ments used to pre­vent FE).

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