How to…

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

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…

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Assess winter forage quality and quality

It may not feel like the right time to assess winter forages, as cattle are out (or soon will be). However, it is important to assess how well winter forage performed over the last few months, both in terms on quality and quantity. This will help focus the mind on the areas that need to…

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Forward creep graze lambs pre-weaning

Around 75% of the feed intake of a lamb up to weaning is grass/forage, so quality is crucial to good growth rates. The concept of forward creep grazing is not new, but it has fallen out of favour. Forward creep grazing is when lambs are allowed to creep‘ into a field ahead of ewes, so…