It seemed Mother Nature had played a classic nasty trick on us: the false break.
Each autumn, we take a punt on when the first downpour that heralds regular rains has arrived. Too early and some seed just won’t germinate costing us thousands in fresh seed and fertiliser, too late and we could miss out on autumn growth altogether, costing us thousands in replacement feed.
We get it right most of the time but when the early rains aren’t followed up with more, we end up with the worst of all worlds: seedlings shrivelling in the sun. That’s the way it was shaping up this season until we got 26mm of rain just the other day. Wow, what a relief and what a difference it makes.
Oddly enough, this means the cows will get less rather than more grass in the short term. This follow up rain was our signal to pile on the fertiliser across a huge slab of the farm to ensure the grass gets ahead before falling temperatures and longer nights slow growth once more. While the fertiliser does its job, we have to keep the cows away, limiting them to a smaller than normal area for grazing.
Just another couple of weeks to go, moos – until then, it’s a smorgasbord of grain, hay and silage.
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looking good Marian they will get a hearty feed when let on those pastures
Hope you get some of the rain we have had today in Melbourne, Marian…
Thanks Andrew and Ian,
We had 1mm this morning but as I type away tonight, we’re getting the occasional shower. It’s all looking good!
Yay for rain! Your pasture looks fantastic 😀