How to…

In this section you can find step-by-step information on how to carry out timely tasks associated with grassland management.

Monday, 18 September 2017

BOOST YOUR FORAGE KNOWLEDGE

Feed planning webinars and soil and nutrients workshops AHDB Beef & Lamb has been working with Farmax since 2011 and has recently helped produce a UK version of its New Zealand software. The software helps grass and forage-based farms to understand supply and demand, to predict future grass covers and to assess how buying or…

Monday, 18 September 2017

HOW TO: ASSESS BRASSICA YIELD

Brassica crops such as kale, forage rape, grazing turnips, stubble turnips, swedes and rape/kale hybrids, can provide nutritious, cost-effective feeds for beef cattle and sheep. They can increase output per hectare, both in terms of dry matter (DM) feed and animal performance. Out-wintering on brassicas can also allow more animals to be kept, with minimal…

Monday, 18 September 2017

DO IT NOW: AIM TO REDUCE SOIL DAMAGE

At this time of year, the main objective is to maximise the proportion of grazed grass in the diet of grazing animals, however, this must be done without risking sward performance during next year’s grazing period. This may mean that grazing rotations may have to be sped up or back-fencing used. With increased grazing intensity,…

Monday, 17 July 2017

How to: BOOST YOUR FORAGE KNOWLEDGE

Grazing academy Following on from the success of last year’s AHDB-funded TechnoGrazing project, this year has seen the introduction of a Grazing Academy developed and run by Precision Grazing Ltd. The academy aims to demonstrate and develop the core practical skills and knowledge to enable producers to operate rotational and cell grazing systems. The first…

Monday, 17 July 2017

Grass: Use forage crops to fill the gap

Supplementary feeding at grass fulfils two main roles. It can help overcome seasonal grazing shortages, or it can compensate for falling quality in grass diets to sustain higher levels of daily liveweight gain in growing stock. These two roles demand different supplementation strategies if grazing intake is to be maintained. Buffer forages are preferable when…