New national regulations for winter grazing need to be met by 1 May 2021. These will include changes to the way paddocks are cultivated. Having a detailed cultivation plan for every paddock will help you meet wintering requirements. Plans should include any critical source areas to avoid, waterways, paddock slope, buffers, and the required width of the buffer.
We put up a semi-permanent fence around CSAs before the paddock is cultivated. This guarantees that it is not cultivated or grazed.
- Cultivate across slopes rather than up and down. If the paddock is too steep to cultivate across the slope it is likely that it is not suitable for winter cropping.
- Consider which cultivation type you will use. In recent research no till cultivation has been shown to deliver good yields and improved crop utilisation rates during grazing.
- Leave grass buffers at the bottom of slopes. This will filter and slow down runoff from the paddock, reducing the amount of sediment lost from the paddock.
I have to be clear on the direction I want the paddock cultivated. I want the contractors to cultivate across the slope to avoid soil getting washed out in heavy rain.
Ensure your contractor has all the information required before you start. Sharing detailed cultivation plans with your contractor before cultivation begins will put your mind at ease and prevent any future complications.