• New Zealand farm guide for July: Check paddocks, prepare for lambing and calving

    2 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    The days are short, but it's an important time to make plans for spring. CHECK PADDOCKS Check which paddocks are growing good feed and those that are growing mainly weeds. It's too late to do anything about the weeds now, but plan action for spring. MOW THE THISTLES Mow off Californian thistles, which grow all winter. The optimum mowing strategy is to mow in the rain (which stirs up a fungus that infects cut stems), and repeat multiple times while the weed is in its young leafy stage heading into spring and summer. The more you hit it at this stage, the less feed gets to the roots, which...
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