Dairying on heavy soils

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  1. deere6320

    deere6320 Member

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    Is it possible to milk cows on heavy soils that would get soft quickly be poached easily ,is there any way around this apart from putting money into drainage
     
  2. dstig

    dstig Well-Known Member

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    Yes but with alot of work and time and money,drainage for starters then road ways then be prepared to let cows only graze for 2 to 3 hrs at a time after milking then put them back in the shed an repeat, its ground that will always have to be minded
     
  3. Ptk44

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    Also. I’ve seen heavy land with much money spent on it and still was never a patch on good land, not even close.
     
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    Great in a "drought " year
     
  5. Warbler

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    Be soul destroying in a wet year, easier to keep them in and only graze when it’s very dry I should think.
     
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    Have. A great friend from down near Carrignavar way in cork.excellent land. They’d always have their cows out around mid March without a bother. We’d always be a month later .. with heavy land and of course their land would be better performing. You can drain and reseed all you want but when it’s heavy, muddy clay underneath with adequate but not great surface; then money will only take it so far. Never be the same as good land.
     
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