How to…

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

Monday, 18 September 2017

DO IT NOW: AIM TO REDUCE SOIL DAMAGE

At this time of year, the main objective is to maximise the proportion of grazed grass in the diet of grazing animals, however, this must be done without risking sward performance during next year’s grazing period. This may mean that grazing rotations may have to be sped up or back-fencing used. With increased grazing intensity,…

Monday, 17 July 2017

How to: BOOST YOUR FORAGE KNOWLEDGE

Grazing academy Following on from the success of last year’s AHDB-funded TechnoGrazing project, this year has seen the introduction of a Grazing Academy developed and run by Precision Grazing Ltd. The academy aims to demonstrate and develop the core practical skills and knowledge to enable producers to operate rotational and cell grazing systems. The first…

Monday, 17 July 2017

Grass: Use forage crops to fill the gap

Supplementary feeding at grass fulfils two main roles. It can help overcome seasonal grazing shortages, or it can compensate for falling quality in grass diets to sustain higher levels of daily liveweight gain in growing stock. These two roles demand different supplementation strategies if grazing intake is to be maintained. Buffer forages are preferable when…

Monday, 17 July 2017

DO IT NOW: Assess off-takes for fertiliser plan

A tonne (FW) of 30 per cent dry matter (DM) silage contains 2.1kg of phosphate and 7.2kg of potash.  This can be used to calculate off-takes and what nutrients need to be returned to land that has been cut for silage.  It also shows the importance of potash in silage systems, so grass yields can…

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GRASS: How it grows

Research has shown that the UK is capable of growing more than 20 tonnes (t) of grass dry matter (DM) per ha, yet the current average in the UK is 7.9 t DM/ha. An increased focus on growing grass and emphasis on utilising home-grown grass and forage crops will enhance business resilience against volatile market…