Grassland Management

 

Preparing for autumn grazing

Rotation length should increase from 25 days in mid-August to 35 days by mid-September and 45 days by the start of the last rotation.

Grass covers should increase to a peak of 450 kgDM/cow or 1,150 kgDM/Ha in mid- to late-September........Read More

 

Soil Fertility - Lime Matter

Kepoint this Month: AVOID STEMMY GRASS!!
Every 4% reduction in Grass Digestibility will reduce milk yield by 1kg/cow/day and milk solids yield by 5%.

What is soil pH

Soil pH is a measure of how acidic your soils are. The lower the pH the more acidic your soil is. Acidic soils grow less grass........Read More

 

Keeping Grass Quality Good in June

Kepoint this Month: AVOID STEMMY GRASS!!
Every 4% reduction in Grass Digestibility will reduce milk yield by 1kg/cow/day and milk solids yield by 5%.

Key point this Month: AVOID STEMMY GRASS!!Every 4% reduction in Grass Digestibility will reduce milk yield by 1kg/cow/day and milk solids yield by 5%.......Read More

 

Grass Over-Seeding

Many There are huge benefits to reseeding (see http://www.agritrading.ie/Reseeding-Benefits) and while it will deliver you a strong return where managed correctly, it is expensive-costing circa €250 per acre for a conventional reseed.......Read More

 

To Grow More Grass – Keep to a 20 Day Rotation

Most dairy farmers actually know this but may not put it into practice.  However, it is no harm to remind ourselves as to why it is necessary.  As can be seen from the picture the grass plant produces new leaf.  These come every 7 days.  The grass plant is right for grazing when it is at the 3 leaf stage.......Read More

 

Get 33% extra land without leasing

Many dairy farmers will tell you that land is the new quota as of now in early April 2015.  Farmer optimism (not just dairying) and changes in government policy has resulted in increased prices being paid for rented land.  So it is timely that we address this frenzy.......Read More

 

€Graze, €Graze, €Graze…..

The bottom line is that you must keep grass in the diet of your dairy cows as much as possible during March.  There are many reasons for this but primarily it is to lower your cost of milk production.  This is especially true when we examine our quota position. Many farmers are going to find themselves running (if not already) over quota during March.......Read More

 

I can’t let the Cows out to Grass

Every day a cow spends at grass is worth over €2.50 per cow day.  So try to get the cows out to grass!!  Most of this gain in money is achieved through cost savings (65% or €1.75) and not increased milk yield or increased milk solids.  Grass is the cheapest feed – much cheaper than silage or meal so turn the cows out – take the wins.......Read More

 

Preparing for Spring Grass

Many dairy farmers will calve down more cows, and probably more compactly, in 2015.  Milk price is coming under pressure and the quota problem has not gone away either.  Therefore every day your cows can spend at grass is going to have a massive effect on your costs of production. So aim to complete, as much preparation as you can in January, for grazing in February......Read More

 

Soil Testing and Correcting pH

Soil fertility is critical to allow you to grow more grass on your farm.  Teagasc have compiled 5 key steps to achieving good soil fertility on your farm, see http://www.agritrading.ie/Soil-Fertility-Management for details.

Now is the ideal time (November to January) to address the first two steps, soil testing and correcting soil pH......Read More

 

Grassland Weed Control

Weeds can seriously reduce your available grass and grass silage yield and quality. For every 1% ground cover by weeds, you can assume that your pastures are losing 1% yield. While various weeds can cause problems in grassland, the three most common are docks, thistles and nettles. These weeds if left uncontrolled can quickly start dominating grasslands.....Read More

 

Reseeding Benefits

Teagasc recommends you should reseed 10-15% of your farm every year but currently only 1-2% of grassland is reseeded annually. ....Read More

Soil Fertility Management

Fertiliser use and soil fertility headlines
• 55% of soils tested in Ireland in 2013 were low (index 1 or 2) in Phosphorus (P)
• 52% of soils tested in Ireland in 2013 were low (index 1 or 2) in Potassium (K)
• 80% of soils tested in Ireland in 2013 were short in lime for optimum crop growth (below pH 6.5):.....Read More

 

Autumn Reseeding

Reseeding is one of the best short to medium term investments you can make on your farm.  The key reasons to reseed are:.....Read More

 

Reseeding Best Practice

Reseeding is likely to cost close to €250 per acre but reseeding can pay for itself within two years.  However to achieve this payback it is critical successfully establish and manage the new sward....Read More

 

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