How to…

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

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…

Monday, 17 February 2014

Make the most of manures

By John Morgan, Creedy Associates Save money and increase grass production with careful nutrient management this spring. It is not too late to soil sample fields. At a cost of £10 per field, this compares very favourably with the cost of 50kg of fertiliser at £15 per kg, so regular soil sampling is a good…