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Managing Properties and Feeding Programs

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February

Sunday 14th 2016

Brookleigh

March

Sunday 20th 2016

Serpentine

April

Sunday 3rd 2016

Henley Brook

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Jun172010

Finally some decent rain....

Now that we have finally got some rain, balanced with all those sunny days in between, the grass (and weeds) are really starting to kick along.  All that moisture and sunlight makes for perfect growing conditions for our pastures.  The plants start really photosynthesizing and if they are not constantly grazed they will be building up their carbohydrate stores.  Hence if you have ryegrass based pastures, you might want to limit your horses access to the grass, or make sure they have filled up with hay before letting them onto the grass to prevent them gorging themselves on high sugar feed.

The one down side from all the sunlight is the cold nights that help to drop soil temperature.  When soil temperature constantly gets below about 12-13 degrees it slows the pasture growth significantly.  In order not to damage your pasture, you will want to rotationally grazing your paddocks, to give each paddock a chance to recover prior to being regrazed.   If you are already rotationally grazing then you will need to slow you rotation speed down, to take into consideration the slower growth rates of the pasture.

If your pasture is Rhodes or Kikuyu, then the cooler temperatures will often shut down its growth altogther.  So now is the time to make sure your any long or rank areas are slashed or grazed down so that winter active pasture species can get enough sunlight to grow throughout winter and spring. 

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