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Running the Farm : Farming diary

Note: South Island farms will be about one month behind North Island farms

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May farming diaryMay is time for winter-feed planning – as it’s always a concern about what lies ahead in terms of rainfall and frosts.

The job now is to get feed built up for winter. The autumn rains have certainly grown more pasture but in many areas it has not been ryegrass and clover.

March farming diaryMarch is the start of the breeding season for many farm stock, and it has to be it needs plenty of good greed fresh feed in an ‘autumn flush’.

February farming diaryThe rain saved the day in some parts, but was too late to bring about total pasture recovery to save dairy farms from drying off, feeding out winter supplements and culling stock.

January farming diaryJanuary can be a crazy month and is supposed to be a time to holiday and get rid of the past year’s stress. 

december farming diaryAnother year gone and maybe time to review how things are going on the block. Questions like was all the hard worth and money spent worth it?

November farming diaryGrass and clover should be bursting out of the ground in most parts, certainly where regular fertiliser applications have been applied.

 

October farming diaryWith the excess rain in late winter, and worse in places the expected spring growth has been slow to arrive, and much of it has been pugged into the ground.

 

September farming diaryAfter what seems to have been a long wet winter, it’s not been easy to build up a feed surplus before calving and lambing as soil temperatures were slow to rise into the teens

August farming diaryThere should be signs of spring in the North Island with saved pastures starting to freshen up.

July farming diaryThe shortest day is gone but don’t think it’s spring. Seeing early newborn calves and lambs can fool you but they could have been unplanned matings!

June farming diaryWinter is upon us and with a vengeance in many places, especially where folk are waiting for a bit of sun to dry out their paddocks.

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