Sunday is 1 November and at this stage 70% of the farm should be closed up. For some farms this may be closer to 100% especially on heavy soils or where growth slowed down the last month. The main objective now is to have grass for the spring.

For those hoping to extend out the grazing season into late November it is important to lower demand. Graze with priority stock. For the dairy farmer this will be cows that are still milking well. For the beef animals or young dairy stock you are looking at animals that are behind their target weight or growing stock that need a greater average daily gain.