Will I graze of just cut early.

Discussion in 'Grassland Management' started by HEX Heifer, Feb 6, 2019.

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will i graze of spread more fert and cut silage early.

  1. graze it

    16 vote(s)
    61.5%
  2. spread fert, better quality silage

    6 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. wait and see.

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    15.4%
  1. HEX Heifer

    HEX Heifer Active Member

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    Hi, i'm a first time poster based in meath, Ireland.

    I closed up my paddocks on time this year, and i have loads of grass coming into grazing season, I spread urea on the 20th, and was shocked at how much grass was in parts of the farm.
    Will I just bang out the fert, I cant spread slurrp as its long lush grass.

    Its a bit like last year, i never got to graze silage ground last year before closing up. First cut was light.
     
  2. marco

    marco Well-Known Member

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    Graze then spread slurry.
     
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  3. HEX Heifer

    HEX Heifer Active Member

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    Thanks,

    I plan to be out Saturday and measure all the paddocks. Id say most paddocks average 1200 kg/dm/ha.
     
  4. scoffcruddle

    scoffcruddle Well-Known Member

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    I voted wait and see just because! :Whistle2:

    Too wet for sheep here at the minute and minimal grass,so I'm amazed you've spread fert.

    If I was you I'd give it a light graze then slurry with a dribblebar or trailing shoe.
     
  5. jcb411abuser

    jcb411abuser Well-Known Member

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    Did you have much cover laying over winter? If you did I'd graze it now or if you find a dry spell and land is dry enough nip it off and cut silage. Then slurry and spread fert.
    If it's been grazed by sheep over winter and has been bare till mid January I'd say band some more fert on it.
     
  6. HEX Heifer

    HEX Heifer Active Member

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    Yea I had strong covers when closing up for the winter of 800 kg/dm/ha, I have been grazing covers with light stock since Jan 15th and I have urea out since the break, no slurry yet as grass covers too heavy.

    I have had a tough week, I killed cattle last week and there is a suspected TB lesion on the lung of one of the cattle.
    I usually buy 60-70 yearlings at this time of the year. So I now have a good bit of grass and no cattle. As the TB issue is a bit of an unknown Im going to spread cut sward on the heavier paddocks, and aim to take a bigger first cut.
     
  7. jcb411abuser

    jcb411abuser Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear about your TB trouble. It depends on what you want or require, but for me grass that has been laying over winter doesn't make great feed, usually has quite a bit of dead or dying material in it and what is green isn't the best either.
    I'd cut what you have off if you can get on the land now, keep it to one side, and the land will then be ready to slurry and fert and grow a high quality first cut.
     
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  8. nashmach

    nashmach Moderator

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    Sorry to hear that @HEX Heifer ,nothing more disheartening than getting that call about an animal gone down in the factory.
     

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