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Grazing 2021

  • 05-03-2021 8:15pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,397 ✭✭✭ memorystick


    Thought I’d start a thread so lads can share what’s going on on the grass front. Grass starting to move and place starting to dry out. Hoping to let cattle out next weekend to graze off silage ground. Still have bales left. Anyone with cattle out?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,280 ✭✭✭ DBK1


    Beef farming in the midlands. I brought a couple of load of the lightest weanlings, mainly 12 month old bucket reared whiteheads with an odd limousine, to an out farm last Saturday. It’s heavy ground that had plenty of grass cover because it got too wet to graze by November.

    The stock are more than happy on it and flying through the grass. I’ll get slurry out tomorrow on some of the paddocks they’ve already grazed. I’d love to have more out and the land is well fit to carry them but I’ve a herd test in 2 weeks so it’s handier to have the bulk of them in the yard until then.

    Some of the neighbours think I’m mad but they’ll still be lorrying silage and meal into theirs in April and mine will be thriving a lot better than theirs for a fraction of the cost!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,157 ✭✭✭ Cavanjack


    Will see what the weather is going to do next week. Will let 2year old bullocks out to silage ground if it’s going to warm up a bit. Loads of grass.


  • Registered Users Posts: 681 ✭✭✭ dohc turbo2


    Farming 7 years never has animals out so early , shed with last years heiffers and I calf heiffers out with 10 days cleaning off paddocks , and we behind them with slurry


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭ cute geoge


    They call the likes of the week that went by fools spring!!
    I left off a few myself but it looks like they will be back inside in a couple of days


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,280 ✭✭✭ DBK1


    cute geoge wrote: »
    They call the likes of the week that went by fools spring!!
    I left off a few myself but it looks like they will be back inside in a couple of days
    If they are so be it. Every day they’re out is a bonus anyway!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 690 ✭✭✭ valtra2


    9 autumn cows and calfs out full time. 30 spring cows and calfs out during the day. Does a lot for the mental health to have them out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,908 ✭✭✭ Birdnuts


    cute geoge wrote: »
    They call the likes of the week that went by fools spring!!
    I left off a few myself but it looks like they will be back inside in a couple of days

    Yeah - the run up to Paddy's day is now looking well grim:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,793 ✭✭✭✭ Reggie.


    Birdnuts wrote: »
    Yeah - the run up to Paddy's day is now looking well grim:(

    I thought the weather was to improve


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,518 ✭✭✭ Say my name


    Reggie. wrote: »
    I thought the weather was to improve

    It's looking better for st. Patrick's day now than it was a few days ago.

    This is our good week even though there's no growth out. Next week is a bad week again. Then at around Sunday the 14th or Monday it looks like some form of high pressure returning.
    We could be warm on Patrick's day with a southwesterly draw or cold with a northwesterly.

    But it is looking better for the mild weather around then. A few days ago it was perpetual winter forecasted.


    The cows are out by day here. Most likely back in again next week.
    I've a fr bull out full time after he didn't appreciate his stone built old tie up byre and decided he needed to add a window in a wall.


  • Registered Users Posts: 681 ✭✭✭ dohc turbo2


    cute geoge wrote: »
    They call the likes of the week that went by fools spring!!
    I left off a few myself but it looks like they will be back inside in a couple of days

    That’s a given down here , but must take advantage of it to clean off paddocks and get slurry out ,


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,874 ✭✭✭ Base price


    I let out 14 yearling heifers earlier during the week and they are happy out. If the weather turns very wet I will move them to a sacrifice paddock beside the yard but they ain't coming back in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,106 ✭✭✭✭ Bass Reeves


    Hopefully let a couple off in next few days. Nice bit of grass but I have all two years olds. They got no meal all winter finishing except to use up the bit left after the finishing cattle. They now through grass when they go out to especially the Friesian bullocks.

    Spread 25 units of N/ acres two weeks ago. Have not checked covers for a week.

    Slava Ukrainii



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,112 ✭✭✭ jfh


    I've all weanlings out for the last two weeks, the first field they grazed out is well poached but great drying in the last few days, I've a half bag urea out too although growth is slow


  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭ Charolois 19


    Im in the North West, ground still soft, normally I let the girls out May Bank Holiday weekend, truth be told tho my biggest problem isn't ground condition, im surrounded by 15k acres of forest, deers have my fields ate to the butt, I have to wait for grass growth to get ahead of the deers


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,051 ✭✭✭ Dinzee Conlee


    Would I be unpopular if I said I’d prefer a lift in temperatures even if it meant a bit of soft weather, to this dry cold hard weather?
    :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,220 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks


    Im in the North West, ground still soft, normally I let the girls out May Bank Holiday weekend, truth be told tho my biggest problem isn't ground condition, im surrounded by 15k acres of forest, deers have my fields ate to the butt, I have to wait for grass growth to get ahead of the deers

    Can you put deer fence on that forest boundary
    I’d be afraid of TB


  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭ Charolois 19


    Can you put deer fence on that forest boundary
    I’d be afraid of TB

    Just out of curiosity measured the distance would be needed on Google earth came to 1.3 miles of deer fencing, and been honest im only farming since 17 and the place wasnt in the best of shape when I took it over, so been honest there is a bit of financial restriction as of yet, but I get where your coming from, neighbours farms beside me have never had a case in a good many years, one block should be deer proof in the next week and another 3 to 400 yards by the end of summer, just keep chipping away at it,

    I think this year has been worse for deer in my area as with covid theres no demand for venison so none were shot compared to other years, farms several miles away from me are starting to see them where they would of never been seen before. Population has gotten out of hand


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭ tanko


    Who owns the deer?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,738 ✭✭✭ CloughCasey1


    Have a few yearlings out but with the weather promised to go downhill next week decided against letting 2yr olds out. If we get this ridge of high pressure the following week there will be a better chance to let them out and hopefully no back in after that. Hopefully not famous last words.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭ Charolois 19


    tanko wrote: »
    Who owns the deer?

    Coilte (not sure on spelling) I'd assume as they have shooting rights sold of to another man ive met several times


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭ tanko


    Coilte (not sure on spelling) I'd assume as they have shooting rights sold of to another man ive met several times

    Surely it's up to them to keep the deer fenced in properly. If they can't be bothered doing this i suppose there isn't much you can do about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,822 ✭✭✭ Dunedin


    I've a fr bull out full time after he didn't appreciate his stone built old tie up byre and decided he needed to add a window in a wall.

    I’d be giving him a day in one of Larry’s premises !!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,106 ✭✭✭✭ Bass Reeves


    893bet wrote: »
    This is meant for the winter finisher thread. They gamble every year.

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    Slava Ukrainii



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭ charolais0153


    Would I be unpopular if I said I’d prefer a lift in temperatures even if it meant a bit of soft weather, to this dry cold hard weather?
    :)

    Very unpopular:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,908 ✭✭✭ Birdnuts


    Would I be unpopular if I said I’d prefer a lift in temperatures even if it meant a bit of soft weather, to this dry cold hard weather?
    :)

    I suppose it depends on what type of ground u have - I suspect my place in North Mayo could go 6 months without rain and still be a bit soft in the usual places.:rolleyes: Anyways the second half of next week is beginning to look well rough with likely wind warnings and heavy rain for many:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,005 ✭✭✭ Green farmer


    Would I be unpopular if I said I’d prefer a lift in temperatures even if it meant a bit of soft weather, to this dry cold hard weather?
    :)

    Even if abit wet, wouldnt the milder weather help push the grass along. Noticed little spurts of regrowth here over the last month whenever it was mildly wet. Nothing has moved in the last week though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 362 ✭✭ Theheff


    Even if abit wet, wouldnt the milder weather help push the grass along. Noticed little spurts of regrowth here over the last month whenever it was mildly wet. Nothing has moved in the last week though.

    Mild weather normally means rain. Would like to see abit of kindness in it to grow a bit of grass. But its still only early March so we could still get anything.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,817 ✭✭✭✭ whelan2


    All we have out is the cows. Too early to let anything else out. When we put them out they stay out for good.


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