How to…

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

Monday, 14 July 2014

Regain grass quality

It has been very difficult to maintain grass quality this year after the best spring and early summer growth for a while. But this means some fields now have quite a few seed heads blowing in the wind – a sure sign of declining feed quality. When deciding what to do, try to estimate the…

Friday, 13 June 2014

Process cereals to feed to cattle

Cereals are a rich source of starch in cattle diets and also provide valuable straw for bedding or feeding. The nutritional value of the crop will depend on when it was harvested and how it is processed. The decision about how to deal with it depends on the type of feed required. If the aim…

Friday, 13 June 2014

Use anaerobic digestate on grassland

The by-product of anaerobic digestion, which is called digestate (also known as biofertiliser), is a good source of nitrogen (N) to apply to grassland. 80% of the total N in food-based digestate is readily available, compared with only 10-25% in farmyard manure. Digestate comes in three forms – whole (looks similar to slurry), liquid (solids…

Monday, 19 May 2014

Prepare for new pesticide regulations

Livestock farmers must not ignore the new pesticide regulations that are coming into play over the next few years via the EU‘s Sustainable Use Directive. This is because they cover weed killers, insecticides and slug pellets, which are used frequently on grassland. Herbicides applied to grassland and forage are among those most frequently detected in…

Monday, 19 May 2014

Check nutrient inputs for silage

Now is a good time to check whether what has been applied to fields shut up for silage is right. Optimal nutrient application will maximise silage yields and minimise nutrient waste. Fields that are regularly cut for silage and receive little manure will have a high requirement for phosphate (P) and potash (K). Check how…