How to…

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

Friday, 15 August 2014

Allow suckler cows to gain condition

At this time of year, spring-calving cows should be in-calf and producing less milk, as their calves graze more. This will allow them to gain body condition easily, which they can then ‘lose’ again during winter, reducing their need for supplementary feeding. For spring calving cows and calves, the sward heights for the next few months…

Friday, 15 August 2014

Keep grass quality high to finish lambs

Grazed grass is good for finishing lambs, but needs careful management to maintain sward quality and achieve target animal performance. Be aware that weaned lambs can readily eat into pasture reserves kept for flushing and over-wintering ewes. If this goes on for too long, it could adversely affect ewe performance in the next breeding season…

Monday, 14 July 2014

Decide whether to apply sulphur

Forty years ago, sulphur (S) supply to grassland was more than adequate. This was due to industrial emissions and from the use of S-containing fertilisers such as single superphosphate and ammonium sulphate. However, supply fell as these fertilisers were replaced by more concentrated products and industry cleaned up its act. Today, most grassland receives less…

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…