Great ideas from all, thank you so much!
We mowed last fall so any tall grasses are down and that spread any manure pretty good, then I had the horses overgraze, I hated doing that, but I knew that I would re-seed in the spring. I do have a call in to my local extension office, I am waiting for the guy to call me back after he returns from his Easter vacation later this week. Its still too early to take soil sample, as the pasture is still covered in snow, but I was planning on sending one in to see what we need to put down in addition to any fertilizer, ie lime for calcium, etc. I have a whole winters worth of manure that I could spread on the pasture, I was planning on using some for my garden (and the soil sample will help me there too) but I know you can use too much and burn everything up? How much is too much or do I only add manure if I till it in?
I also need to set up rotational grazing as I did not last year, it seemed to keep up very well though, until about mid August, then it was fried from lack of rain. It was part of my neighbors hay field, he hays once a year every year (I wish he'd try for a 2nd crop as I would buy the entire 2nd crop from him but he only does it enough to winter over his cattle) so it is basically a new pasture, but has been fairly well maintained for hay growth, in that sense, although it is due to be tilled, limed, reseeded, and fertilized according to the neighbor. I called the local co-op who suggested if I wanted to frost seed to use red clover, as it is a smaller seed and will take easier than larger grass seed. But I'm not so convinced I want a pasture full of red clover, can we say slobbers. So I'll talk to the other guy and see what he says. I definitely need to do something.