Getting ready for dry conditions

Best management practice of ryegrass and managing the residual height throughout dry periods is critical to enhance persistence of your pasture.

To achieve these aims is a significant challenge on dairy farms with high stocking rates when the rainfall and temperature is not sufficient to support pasture growth.

It is necessary to have a set strategy or plan to avoid over-grazing. The approach to manage residuals in dry conditions is, in essence, similar to that adopted to avoid pugging under waterlogging conditions in winter.

For effective management during dry conditions, consider:

  • Nutritionally balanced diets
  • Grazing residuals
  • Milk and feeding times
  • Drinking water access and quality.