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  Winter - Vegetative Pastures

During this stage, pastures are actively growing. However, over-grazing can result in insufficient leaf area for maximum pasture growth. Moderate grazing pressure can be sustained once seedlings are 4-6 leaf stage.

General rule:

Higher FOO = higher leaf area = faster pasture growth
Grazing during the vegetative pasture phase is important to; Encourage tillering in grasses and branching in clovers, Assist in weed control, Maintain palatability by promoting young shoot growth

Tips:

Pastures are rapidly changing in winter with branching and thickening of stems and leaves. The heavier the grazing pressure, the more branching is encouraged, which will increase FOO levels but decrease the height of the pasture.

Throughout July and August, pastures FOOs will appear shorter than in June. Clovers will be shorter than grasses for the same FOO.

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Clover dominant pastures: Grass dominant pstures Mixed composition pastures:
1000 FOO clover winter
1000 FOO
500 FOO grass winter
500 FOO
900 FOO mixed winter
900 FOO

1200 FOO clover pasture
1200 FOO


1000 FOO grass pasture
1000 FOO
1000 FOO mixed pastures winter
1000 FOO
1500 FOO clover
1500 FOO

1500 FOO grass winter
1500 FOO

1300 FOO mixed pastures
1300 FOO
1800 FOO clover pastures
1800 FOO
2000 FOO grass pasture
2000 FOO
1500 FOO mixed winter pasture
1500 FOO

 

1000-1200 average FOO paddock
(1st year pasture)

1600 average FOO grassy pasture

1000 FOO av. 1600 FOO paddock average


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