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Pasture Renovation and Management


With more horses to graze through the summer (and more hay required in the winter), 2002 is going to be the year I get SERIOUS about pasture management.  We have about 45 acres of grazing, of varying qualities - a lot of it reclaimed from woodland (so the basic soil was bad.)  It's clay ground, and pretty rocky underneath.  When we came, all the rocks were on the surface in most fields!    

  This is part of the far field.  It's about 8 acres, and for the past few years it's been 'on loan' to a local farmer whose idea of good pasture management was to get his outliers off HIS land in wet weather!  As a result, it became badly poached.  It has also had no muck or fertiliser and so fertility is somewhat lacking.  But the main problem is the rushes.  (Picture taken late April.)

First step was to mow the rushes.

The grass between the rushes isn't bad - the brown patches are the base of the rushes already mown.  



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The pictures below illustrate some of the other problems I have to tackle (or have been working on.)  The field at the side of the house adjoins our woodland and the combination of falling trees, bracken and blackberries have played havoc with what was a badly erected fence.  (Anyone who nails wire to trees should be SHOT!  At very least, the fence gets further and further from the ground - but it will ultimately kill the tree.)


First step was to kill off the blackberries.


This tree had wire nailed to it - it died and pulled the fence down with it.

This beautiful tree has wire imbedded in the bark too deeply to remove, so the fence has to be cut and moved in.

The field slopes sharply and stock grazing too close have eroded the bank - making electric fencing essential to stop horses getting onto unsafe ground and to prevent further erosion.  We don't want to move the fence further in, the problem would just be repeated, so will be repairing the fence and using branches in the gap between the main fence and the electric fence to try and 'trap' soil run-off - as well as avoiding this field in very wet weather!

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