27 Aug 2008

Pastures too water-logged in Northland

2:01 pm on 27 August 2008

A Northland farming consultant says farms in the region are so waterlogged that paddocks have turned into mud.

Flooding from recent storms has added to the effects of a very wet winter in the north.

FarmWise consultant Neil Smith says the ground is so saturated that it's difficult to get pasture to grow.

He says next month will be a critical period for feeding cows and says it's getting to the point where farmers are considering taking milking cows off paddocks to conserve grass for later on.

Mr Smith says a number of farmers have considered the option of milking once a day or reduce the number of cows.

In the meantime, he advises them to keep cattle off the pasture to give it a chance to recover.

He says farmers also need to look at buying supplementary feed such as palm kernel now, to ensure the animals' health and body condition are maintained.