It's been a wet August. As of today, 14th August, we've received 147mm. It has been cold and cloudy, but the pasture has been growing quite quickly.
In a previous blog, I had a video of my little dog Luka fetching a ball in Alpha paddock. That was taken on 2nd August, the day before the big rain began. We received 115mm over the next two days. I took another video two days ago (12th August) just before our mob of mixed aged ewes were brought in, but unfortunately I took it with a camera instead of my phone and it is too blurry and full of wind noise. Sigh. So hopefully the photos below show what the pasture has done in 10 days since the video of Luka, the dogometer.
We have another weather system coming over the state starting tomorrow, but being on the south coast, we will usually get most of the rain after it has gone through when we get the coastal showers coming up off the back of the low.
Alpha paddock received double the dose of Urea in May, then received nothing until mid- July when I started fertilising again, this time with a blend of Urea, sulphur and phosphate. Alpha paddock received double the dose (>200kg/ha urea equivalent). The other pastures are growing very well, especially where I did look-see strips of four times the rate, but Alpha paddock has gone from our most acidic paddock to currently the most productive. That will soon change when I start another round of fertiliser in the coming weeks, by which time I hope we have a thousand or two trade sheep here and getting fatter.