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Managing the spring pasture flush

Key points

  • 50 – 70 per cent of the year's pasture growth normally occurs during spring/early summer.
  • To maximise profit, as much of this pasture as possible should be converted into liveweight gain. To achieve this, the pasture should be of high quality.
  • Pasture surpluses need to be managed so the build up of low quality dead material is minimised. If pasture has a lot of dead material in it, lambs may not gain any weight.
  • The aim of grazing management should be to keep average cover from 1400 – 1800 kgDM/ha, or 4 – 6 cm, and to enhance clover growth.
  • Surplus late-spring pasture can be conserved as hay or silage, topped, controlled with low rates of herbicide, or grazed with cattle or weaned ewes.

For further information download the attached PDF Managingthespringpastureflush.pdf