Well we have had a very wet spring this year, and all this rain combined with your four legged hooved animals will have undoubtedly caused some damage to your paddocks. This damage known as pugging occurs when the soil becomes waterlogged and cannot support the weight of the animal and their hooves push in to the soil. Pugging can reduce pasture production by as much as 40%. Here are a few steps you can take to minimise the damage to your pastures this spring.
With the recent storms still fresh in our memory here are some tips to save your precious trees after they've been damaged by the wind.
1. Assessing the damage. After the wind has died down it's time to inspect your trees, be careful when underneath broken branches as they can come crashing down at any moment. Check for splits or cracks in the main trunk or root uplift, as well as smaller broken branches.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.