Grazing Lucerne in Autumn with Sheep

Posted: 12th October 2011

Although lucerne is mainly used as a crop to produce hay or silage, it may in some cases be grazed in the autumn with sheep or cows. Sheep in Oxfordshire (pictured here) are being strip grazed on luxuriant growth provided by good growing conditions. It is generally advisable to allow a rest period ...
If looking for a forage crop to establish late in the year, after maize for example, then the choice of species is crucial.  Late sowing can be difficult for non-aggressive options, including clovers. Aggressive, fast establishing grasses are best as they will get away well before winter sets ...
When harvest is complete, planning when new leys are drilled is crucial over the following weeks. With legumes very sensitive to temperature, the sooner any seed mixtures containing clovers can be drilled the better. Early frosts have caught some farmers out in recent years, so it is ...
Farmers about to harvest whole crop silage can consider drilling lucerne at this time of year. With whole crop being clamped this month there is a window of opportunity for lucerne establishment. This high protein (20%) crop if planted in July will yield well for silage next May while ...
After a dry spell leaves you short of forage, the gap can be filled with stubble turnips. One of the most economical forage crops, they can be drilled as late as mid-August and can extend the grazing season considerably.   Once established root crops can produce up to 45 tonnes per ...

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