Jobs for May
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).