The rain has arrived, but the drought is far from over

  • The rain has arrived, but the drought is far from over
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    I would like to say that many felt how to crack a bottle of something after the recent rains.

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I would like to say that many felt how to crack a bottle of something after the recent rains.

However, try not to get too excited just yet it’s depressing to say that drought can be considered broken only when there was enough rain to bring the soil to within about 15pcs capacity.

That generally means more than 50mm and many still not getting that rain yet. Unfortunately, I too must heed the warning that even with substantial rain, no problems for at least another two to three weeks and may make some worse.

So you need to prepare. The first rule is that the silage is Golden – in fact this applies to all types of food. Maybe at this stage with prices people pay, it can feel like your offering price for the gold. So why? When in the midst of the drought the number one priority is to protect as much inventory winter feed.

Also, be aware that the biggest Bang for your buck or silage, to feed the cows much as just enough rain. At the same time, the second rule is that it is important that you graze the farm completely to complement the grass silage.

In fact, you’ll know when the farm is grazed, because there will be no visual difference between the paddocks that the cows have to be grazed and those just grazed. If you have more than this to hold a 30 day rotation and to compensate for the shortage of food as best as possible.

Remember here to consider the rotation in the zones, so it is a 1 / 30th of the farm grazed per day. Where the deficit seems too large, you should now seriously consider removing all well-known in the black and maybe use it once a day (OAD) milking. Early check can be the day we seek to protect the herd for the next year. So why is all this important? After significant rain, up to half of the grass on the farm will be lost, because she’s dead, and he then quickly disintegrate.

You may think it doesn’t matter, but I stress that the cows are fed on the degree of satisfaction from this dead material, as if you were offered hay. Once it fades the cows will be no more, and it will be very obvious. So they need some form of forage.

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After that, the dry matter content of new grass growth will be low (potentially below 15pcs) due to its rapid growth, so the addition will still be needed even if there is grass available.

Usually you need about 100-150kgDM cow so at least half bales of silage per cow ready for this period.

It seems that when there is no sign of rain that farmers all seem to contemplate and debate, the spreading of fertilizer. There’s an argument how to upload and wait. Simply put, you can still get an answer although there is a significant pool of nitrogen in the soil. However, beware of poisoning by nitrates. It’s a risk, because of this growth in soil and nitrogen in combination with new growth, especially in re-seeding after rain and cool, cloudy weather it may cause nitrates to accumulate in the leaves. To avoid this, using a longer rotation 21 day will help, make sure that cows are not hungry when put on the high risk pasture and feed forage supplements in the first place.

Finally, while drought rarely kills the grass in this part of the world, and generally can cause temporary darkening of the turf there is potential for this to happen and burned patches will inevitably be filled with a low feed value grass and weeds. If you feel that pasture restoration is needed, because seeing your big sod to pull and the lack of reaction to the precipitation test pasture with 50pcs rule, where you place your Shoe in a minimum of 20 seats in the paddock, and if there not live ryegrass tillers present at the front of the Shoe in more than 50pcs cases, the paddock in need of renovation. Obviously, you have to consider availability of Finance for it, but there may be an argument to you promptly seed or have it on hand ready to initiate this, where you suspect that this is a problem. We often forget about the pests associated with pasture and at this stage it is difficult to think of Frit fly, leather jackets or slugs will be a problem affected by drought and susceptible swords, but do not ignore them, If you see the pens hardly respond to changes in circumstances.

Although no one can predict when the farm will be exempt from this drought, preparing for short-term difficulties can reduce the stress that may come.

Mary Kinston discussion facilitator and consultant and farms with her husband in County Kerry

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