We have an interesting dilemma, (well it's only a dilemma if we let it be), we have a lovely pasture of all the grasses that are good for horses such as browntop etc and have deliberately gone for low fertility and what has happened is we are gradually eliminating the ryegrass and clover but have had to start spraying out weeds.
I think we still have way too much rye but we are getting there.
We then make hay from this low fertility stuff and feed on a dirt track with added minerals to balance.(We make our own mix that seems to approximate the provideit minerals but must have a chat to jenny at some time about this).
The dilemma you ask...well we are getting lot's of well meaning advice from local farmers and contractors on how to improve our pastures and get rid of those useless grasses!
I have had to say people have been very nice and seem to take it on board when we explain what we are doing....I just seriously think they don't like driving past and seeing our pastures and feel they need to give us advice to "improve" it.
They are absolutely right if we are in the business of raising sheep and cattle but we are not...the sheep are simply used to keep the grass under control and while they don't gain weight as on a commercial farm we never have skinny stock!
Keeping horses is very different from raising commercial animals but I like the interesting paddocks with different species...as long as weeds don't dominate i don't have a problem.
At the moment the track seems to working well for us in keeping weight under control but will be interesting to see how the winter and mud pans out will be interesting!!