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Early preparation of your winter grazing paddocks minimises sediment loss and movement. Use back fences and portable troughs to reduce soil damage by limiting unnecessary cow movement. Strategic grazing helps to decrease sediment and phosphorus losses. Prepare your cows for winter to enhance their productivity during the season. Always have a plan for adverse weather conditions. Transition cows onto winter crops gradually, allowing gut bacteria to adjust to new feed. Lastly, make sure your cows have access to fresh water and enough space to rest and take shelter.


Setting up your winter grazing paddocks early will reduce the loss and movement of sediment in winter.

A back fence and portable trough will reduce cow walking and therefore limit soil damage through unnecessary stock movement.

Portable troughs

Access to fresh, clean water

  • Cows drink approximately 45l/head of water each day over the winter period.
  • Ensure that the water is easily accessible to reduce energy output used walking to a trough, and reduce the risk of a cow choosing to drink from a dirty puddle.
  • Set up the paddock early, while the soil is drier, to save time in winter.
  • If you are laying out baleage, remember to keep bales out of swales and lower-lying areas of the paddock, and away from waterways.

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Portable trough setup using flexible garden hose for ease of shifting.

Farmer tip

“We use a portable trough with click-in water fittings and non-return valves. It is so easy to shift that the team do it daily. This way we know that our cows always have fresh water nearby.”

Back fences

Reduce soil damage by using a back fence. The back fence will reduce the herds walking therefore reducing the soil damage caused by treading the soil.

Treading damage seals the soil surface, resulting in more water moving across the soil (runoff), which increases the loss of soil and nutrients. Move the back fence and portable trough at least weekly for the best results.

By protecting the ground behind a back fence, this can be used as contingency planning for when animals need a drier place to lie down and rest.

Giving animals space in the break means they can choose where to lie and where to take shelter, something that is important to cows.

 

A back fence and portable trough will reduce cow walking and therefore limit soil damage through unnecessary stock movement.

Allow cows to have sufficient room between the back fence and crop fence.

Farmer tip

“No one knows my cows like me – I check them at the graziers place every week.”

Last updated: Sep 2023
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