How to…

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

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Boost your forage for knowledge

Weed control in spring Weeds in any grassland production system will affect overall productivity. High levels of weeds in grass swards reduces the nutritional value of a pasture and also restricts the grazing area and overall grass growth. Research shows that for every 1% of ground cover by docks, pasture growth is also reduced by…

Thursday, 17 November 2016

DO IT NOW: Think about grazing quality

AHDB Beef & Lamb recently hosted a series of workshops with Dr Trevor Cook, a veterinarian and sheep and beef production consultant from New Zealand. An estimated 150 people attended the events that were held at various locations throughout England. These timely meetings focused on understanding the value of monitoring and measuring grass and forage,…

Thursday, 17 November 2016

HOW TO: Assess clamp silage: quantity and quality

As the winter housing period approaches, now may be a good time to assess grass silage stocks and forage quality. Leafy swards comprising of at least 70% ryegrass cultivars are key to an efficient silage system. The digestibility or ‘D value’ of silage is largely influenced by the growth stage at which the grass was…

Friday, 16 September 2016

DO IT NOW – Assess soil structure

As agricultural practices intensify, soils are becoming more prone to compaction. Recent work carried out by AHDB Dairy has shown that compaction caused by machinery can reduce grass dry matter (DM) yields by 22% and by as much as 14% when compaction is caused by grazing animals. Producers must ensure that grass yields are not…

Friday, 16 September 2016

Boost forage knowledge

Status of cover crops under farm-saved seed rules It is important that producers are aware of the status of cover crops under current farm-saved seed (FSS) rules. Particularly that the use of eligible varieties in cover crop mixtures is subject to the same seed regulations and FSS rules as harvested crops. Interest in the use…