Friday, 4 October 2019
Early grazing is top of the good reseed management to-do list to help new pastures thrive and persist. Aim to graze autumn reseeds before winter to promote growth rates and tillering in the reseed. Grazing at a height of 6-8cm in down to 4cm before the winter is recommended. The challenge is to do this without over-grazing or poaching and the lightest class of stock available should be used. Also, remember to avoid applying excessive slurry.
Top tips for reseed management:
- Walk your reseed twice a week until post establishment
- Avoid overgrazing. Plant reserves necessary for survival and regrowth are stored above the ground in grasses, in the bottom 4 cm of pasture stubble
- Avoid cutting silage swards in the first six months, as this does not encourage the sward to tiller
- Carefully manage fertilisation. Avoid applying excessive slurry and use the Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) which provides guidance on nutrient requirements of grasslands
- Review weed control practices for new leys to ensure good establishment and to avoid variable ground cover.
The AHDB Grassland Reseeding Guide provides a best practice guide to help you achieve the best from your investment.