Man­ag­ing au­tumn pas­tures

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

De­vel­op­ing a plan for pas­ture man­age­ment is im­por­tant dur­ing April. The plan needs to take into ac­count a num­ber of key fac­tors in­clud­ing: Pas­ture pest ac­tiv­ity Keep an eye out for lucerne flea and red legged earth mite in pas­tures, they are eas­ily con­trol­lable and can be dam­ag­ing to pas­tures if left un­treated.

Red headed cockchafers are often a prob­lem in au­tumn, they are not able to be con­trolled but some man­age­ment can min­imise the dam­age to pas­tures.

Test pas­ture in af­fected ar­eas, that’s ready to graze for pulling by grab­bing pas­ture and try­ing to pull it out. If it pulls out con­sider pre graze top­ping the pas­ture to min­imise cows pulling out the pas­ture. Cows Pre­pare to dry off spring calv­ing cows (de­pend­ing on calv­ing date). The process of dry­ing cows off well, will im­pact the like­li­hood of mas­ti­tis in the fol­low­ing lac­ta­tion.

Pre­pare a plan for dry cow feed­ing and tran­si­tion cow feed­ing along with your pre­ferred calv­ing ar­eas on the farm to min­imise labour and to max­imise cow com­fort. Heifers Feed calves well with healthy wean­ing weights in mind us­ing milk, fresh wa­ter, some fi­bre and calf pel­lets.

Feed qual­ity sup­ple­ments to dairy heifers.

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