· If extra K has to be applied, August is the best
Apply 5-10 units of Sulphur per acre.
Empty all slurry and soiled water tanks now.
OCT NOV GRASS PLAN FROM LATE JULY
October-November seems a long way off but if you
don't plan and execute the build-up of grass from now
you won't have enough grass in October- November.
Having enough grass then to keep cows out 3-6 hours
per day will be worth more than 1.70 per cow per day
in extra profit.
· A very worthwhile reason to make a plan.
Late July is the time to start the autumn build up of
Plan for a "3rd cut-silage graze".
· It is too expensive to cut but go for it.
· It should be grazed in September.
· Set 15-20 per cent of the farm available for this
· Stock cow at 2.9 cows/ha on the grazing area and
put the remainder aside for a "3rd-cut-graze". If
this SR isn't possible you are overstocked and
you will have to feed extra meals to slow down
the rotation in Aug-Sept.
I say "go for it" because your approach to planning and
managing aftergrass will be more positive.
Having taken the second cut, preferably 25-31st July, the
· Apply 60-70 units of N per acre, plus a little P &
K in the form of Cut Sward.
· Or, apply 1,500 - 2,000 gallons of slurry on the
day silage is picked up plus 55-60 units of N, 5-7
Where this mythical 3rd cut is not being planned you
would only be spreading 40-50 units of N for aftergrass
resulting in lower yield of grass.
· The extra 30 units of N applied, grows enough
grass (270 kgs DM) on every acre which will feed
10-13 cows for an extra day.
· If you close 15 per cent of your farm for "3rd-cut-
graze" this will allow you increase your rotation
length by 6-9 days in September-October.
Having set this `3-cut-graze' aside you may run tight in
grass for grazing, but there is no need to panic as you
have a number of options.
· Simply go and graze some of the ground that has
been closed up for this "3rd-cut-graze", or,
· Let the rotation length shorten in light of the fact
that you have more grazing ground coming in, or,
· Feed surplus round baled silage previously cut
from the paddocks to tide you over, or,
· Reduce stocking rates on the cow area.