18 February 2000

Keep grazing tight

GRAZING sheep pasture tight in summer, between 4-8cm long (1.8in-3.6in) will help control scald.

According to Chris Lewis, long, stemmy pasture causes mechanical damage. "Short grass is ideal for good feet and also for lamb growth."

He suggested two tips for keeping on top of scald. One is topping meadows when grass growth gets out of control, and the other is to spread lime in gateways, and around areas where fields become poached.