How to…

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

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

HOW TO: Plan nitrogen requirements

Nitrogen (N) is the most important nutrient for grassland because it has such a strong effect on yield. Very generally, 1kg of N will grow between 10 – 15kg of grass DM. So 50kg N will grow an extra 600kg of DM at a 1kg:12kg response ratio. There are several sources of N: The breakdown…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Do it now: Set up a grazing plan

Now is a good time to take action to improve grazing management and the best way to start is by measuring the sward. Compressed sward sticks are available from AHDB Beef & Lamb and are an important tool to provide the information needed to balance grass supply and livestock needs. To measure grass, follow the…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Boost your forage for knowledge

Weed control in spring Weeds in any grassland production system will affect overall productivity. High levels of weeds in grass swards reduces the nutritional value of a pasture and also restricts the grazing area and overall grass growth. Research shows that for every 1% of ground cover by docks, pasture growth is also reduced by…

Thursday, 17 November 2016

DO IT NOW: Think about grazing quality

AHDB Beef & Lamb recently hosted a series of workshops with Dr Trevor Cook, a veterinarian and sheep and beef production consultant from New Zealand. An estimated 150 people attended the events that were held at various locations throughout England. These timely meetings focused on understanding the value of monitoring and measuring grass and forage,…

Thursday, 17 November 2016

HOW TO: Assess clamp silage: quantity and quality

As the winter housing period approaches, now may be a good time to assess grass silage stocks and forage quality. Leafy swards comprising of at least 70% ryegrass cultivars are key to an efficient silage system. The digestibility or ‘D value’ of silage is largely influenced by the growth stage at which the grass was…