How to…

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

Monday, 17 November 2014

Deal with CAP greening

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will replace the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) from 1 January 2015 and contains greening‘ requirements. Greening‘ is not optional and failure to comply will result in the loss of part or all of the greening payment. There are three parts to these new rules: Permanent grassland The percentage of permanent…

Monday, 17 November 2014

Set up rotational grazing

In winter, grass is highly valuable as it is in low supply. Grazing efficiently with ewes at this time is a cost-effective way of meeting their requirements during pregnancy. It is also the easiest time of year to start rotational grazing, as slow growth rates make it easier to predict grass supply. Sheep farmers in…

Friday, 17 October 2014

Catch up with the latest grassland research

During the European Grassland Federation conference, EBLEX and DairyCo caught up with four of the researchers and asked them about the work they are doing that could help beef and sheep farmers in the future. Low N Grass http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/research/climate-change/climate-change-generic/low-n-grass/ The current protocol for testing different grass varieties within the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL)…

Friday, 17 October 2014

Use alternative forage crops

At the recent European Grassland Federation (EGF), Dr Christina Marley of IBERS championed the use of alternative forage crops such as red clover, lucerne, kale, chicory and birdsfoot trefoil. Grown and fed well, these crops can improve livestock performance, nitrogen use efficiency and animal health. Homegrown feeds can also reduce reliance on bought-in concentrate feeds,…

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Assess soil structure

As soils become less dry at the end of the summer, it is a good time to assess their structure. And if any problems are found, they can be tackled straight away. Using aerators or sward lifters in the autumn also means the soil and roots have the winter to recover before the high demands…