How to…

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

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…

Friday, 7 March 2014

Turn cattle out early

By Liz Genever, EBLEX senior livestock scientist Turning cattle out early in spring can have significant benefits, but it‘s a strategy that requires careful planning. Early turnout can reduce feed and wintering costs, improve future grass yields by stimulating growth, and increase total liveweight gain from grass. However, to reap the benefits the planning process…

Monday, 17 February 2014

MOT waterlogged fields

Waterlogging is causing significant damage to grass in many areas. This could lead to decreased yields and lower nutrient value this summer. With high summer rainfall in 2012, and the very wet winter we have just come though, farmers may need to consider repairing pasture this spring, to ensure there is enough grass for silage-making…