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gday all

Hi all ,we have just purchased a run down 33 acre property which i have just put 10 Angus steers on i am fast learning that i have heaps to do to get this place back to its former glory ,the paddocks have been over grazed with horses and cattle ,which we rested from march Thur to September this year i have had a agronomist do a test and has said the soil is well above average and resting it has done it a world of good.

 I have phalaris/clover growing everywhere plus rye grass and the usual weeds i do have a question as i have just got myself 10 Angus steers as the growth is up to my knee after the cattle have grazed a paddock should i do a high slash /cut now or later and what other feeding grasses should i put in   

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Couple of questions. Where abouts are you? What type of country are you on (soil types, etc)? You already have the place divided into smaller paddocks I take it? This is important before we start talking about other grass/legume species.

Generally we try to knock our paddocks back to a beer can height with heavy, short grazing. This works on pastures that have been managed for a while but if you have tall weedy grasses that the cattle don't like they tend to not get eaten down and shade the "good" stuff out. In this case a mow is good but expensive. Try to keep your pasture in the vegetative phase so its continually growing leaves. Get to know the plants you want to encourage and find out when they flower and set seed. Try a hard graze before this then rest the paddock till the seeds have been dropped. This sounds easy but the overlap of different species and paddocks makes this hard at times so you may have to cycle the paddocks but make sure you allow a seed drop regularly. If the grasses have hayed off then a slash is good but, as I have already said, its expensive. Heavy grazing for a short period also works as the cattle knock down lots of the grasses so its worth a try before the mowing to save money.

Cheers
Rob.

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Last seen: 01/01/1970 - 10:00
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I have spoken to my agronomist and he has said all is good i have 8 paddocks around the 5 acre mark my soil is clay loam down on the flat i haven't had the paddocks up on the hill done yet but i have been advised to let things seed and to rotate my cattle roughly once a week ,give or take a day or two and forget about slashing LOL 

 

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