Many of us will have commenced our last grazing rotation around the farm. The final rotation is your last chance to set your farm up for a successful early turnout next year. Recent fresh grass samples have analysed this autumn’s well managed pasture to be 11.5 – 12ME and in excess of 20% protein. This demonstrates that late season grazing is still a highly valuable and cheap source of feed. Those who have managed to build up a healthy wedge of extra grass can now gradually graze it off into late autumn as the grass growth slows.
A long last rotation is crucial for maintaining a wedge of grass to carry through into spring. It maximises the potential growth through late autumn and winter by ensuring parts of the farm are growing 2nd and 3rd leaves. Depending on housing date, the last rotation should be somewhere between 45 – 60 days, with housing at night and grazing during the day commonly used during this last rotation to reduce demand on grass.