Fine line between getting it right or wrong

There is a fine line between preventing pugging damage to wet water logged paddocks. This photo shows a clear line to the right where the farmer has left the herd on too long. This is in stark comparison to the left hand side of the photo where there is no soil damage and the regrowth is considerably better than where it is pugged.

The most important time is now as farmers come to the end of the first round and herds will be coming around on to ground that has not recovered from the first round grazing. Dealing with huge numbers of animals with feed demands up around 18-20 kgdm/cow is challenging enough without the extra stress of waterlogged soils.

Tips to avoid pugging

Walk the herd to the back of the paddock over fresh pasture and graze the furtherest end first.

When the herd has finished grazing take them off and stand them on a pad or yards preferably with PKE, maize silage, hay or silage. When they are finished the only other option the cows have is to walk around and use up valuable energy.

Maintain your round lengths as close as you can to the spring rotation planner. This is sometimes hard to do even when it is dry but do the best you can because you do not want to come around on your second rotation too soon.

Only plan 3-4 days ahead. Avoid trying to plan the next weeks grazing. That will only cause you more anxiety.

If you have a quiet day with calving get off the farm and go and have lunch somewhere. Freshen up away from the daily grind.

There is a fine line between getting it right or wrong so Never Ever Give Up. Remember every day of rain is a day closer to shine so keep on top of things and ask for help if you think you need it.

Good luck


About Ian Handcock

Founder Fit 4 Farming initiative Promoting Farmer wellbeing. Performance coach.
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