HAY: will i have to fetilise and seed if i want to cut hay again this year
hello i would like to ask a question on hay making i have a farm i purchased a few years ago the back 15 to 20 acres are seperated by a river which is quite full from june to nov-dec each year .i only stock sheep which wont cross the river when its full so this back paddock is cut off to grow during these months last year i got a contractor in to cut and bale this grass and got 580 bales off this paddock the resulting hay was very good and was sold for horse and cattle feed
my question is if i leave this paddock again to grow this year will it produce the same quality hay or will i need to fertilise and or seed this year to get the same quality hay off it ? if i dont decide to do hay but leave the paddock to grow and then stock it with sheep once the river is low enough for them to cross over to it (i dont have a bridge) could i cut hay the following year with out fertillising or seeding ?
how many years could i get away with just growing and spelling with out having to out lay the cost of fertilizer and or seeding?
and if i do have to fertilise what time of year should i do this?
i am located in pinjarra western australia
thanks a lot all the best deb