HELP I have too much grass. Grazing available

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8 years 4 months ago #36957 by horsemaddaughter
Hi everyone, Still very new to this - this is my first summer on the land so to speak (ex-townie), and we have sooooo much grass - way to much for the horses, and 2 calves and 2 sheep.

So I am keen to get some grazers in - calves preferably - we can take 8 - 12 easily over 3 paddocks, and 2 of these paddocks should still be good for longer term grazing over winter if needed. Good fences and gates, and water in every paddock fed from the bore.

I am in Rongotea, Manawatu (near Feilding and P North). Does anyone have or know anyone who needs some grazing. (I don't want to take more horses at this point). Challenge I don't have a cattle race (?), so we have to fix up a ramp to get your animals off the truck or trailer (we've done this successfully when we bought our 2 calves.

Hoping there may be an opportunity for here for mutual assistance.

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8 years 4 months ago #480625 by katieb
Can u make hay for the winter or to sell

If you are taking on cattle you will need to have a suitable yard incase a vet is needed.

Do you rotate your paddocks? Rotating them and break fencing will let you get more out of them and will result in better feed quality if done properly

Animals rule our place... cows, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks... the list goes on
...."lifestyle block like" 25 or so acres around the house attached to a rather large farm with dairy drystock & a 600 cow dairy conversion :)....1500 acres to call home

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8 years 4 months ago #480626 by katieb
I would reccomend older cattle since you are new to this. Calves require very good quality feed, they will pick rather than graze paddocks down. Also they are more likely to require vet attention as well as more work ie drenching, moving etc

Animals rule our place... cows, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks... the list goes on
...."lifestyle block like" 25 or so acres around the house attached to a rather large farm with dairy drystock & a 600 cow dairy conversion :)....1500 acres to call home

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8 years 4 months ago #480628 by morioka
Problem is that most people in the Manawatu have lots of grass this year so there is very little demand for grazing. Our place is still green and the grass is hasn't stopped growing.
Beat bet is to get it cut for hay or contact your local dairy farm neighbours as they may be interested in buying it off you.

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8 years 4 months ago #480631 by max2
Ask your neighbours, they might be able to graze it for you as a favour, easy for them to move their animals via internal boundary gates, no need to worry about transporting or loading race issues.

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8 years 4 months ago #480666 by Woolpatch
Nothing wrong with leaving paddocks fallow for a year. Improves the soil fertility unlike cutting for hay which strips it and might not sell anyway.

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8 years 4 months ago #480673 by kindajojo
...and it'd drying out quickly here , so while the paddocks look full of grass, now in a few weeks it will be stalks.. Keeping some cover will preserve soil moisture and if you get cattle in they could turn it to a dust bowl.
We may not get good rain til march/April
Can you top the paddocks..it's good for the regrowth...

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