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2nd cut silage making:

silage making

A second cut of grass is taken from the fields that were silaged in May. Fertiliser was applied as soon as the first cut was taken to encourage the grass to re-grow. The process is the same as for first cut (May), but the amount of grass produced will generally be less. It is important to cut any silage grass before the plant starts to send up a seed head. It is the young leafy part that makes the highest quality silage.

Fertiliser applications:

fertilizer application

Further applications of inorganic fertiliser are made during June to encourage further rapid growth in the grass. The aim is to ensure a good sward of grass either for a third cut of silage, or, more likely, for grazing the dairy and beef cattle together with the ewes and lambs at the end of the summer and through the autumn. Grass growth slows down during this period and less nutrients are taken up. So, these applications of fertiliser will be less than any of the previous ones.

Worm drenching lambs:

worm drenching lambs

Lambs pick up roundworm parasites from the grass, which invade their intestines. The students will drench the lambs with a worm drench to kill the parasite. This involves carefully squirting the liquid down the lambs throat.

Selling March born lambs:

selling lambs

In June, the first of the March born lambs will be sold. They will be sold live and weighed before slaughter. The biggest ones are sold first and the other follow once they have achieved the target weight.

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