How to…

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

Friday, 16 September 2016

HOW TO – Prepare for all-grass wintering

September is an important month if considering all-grass wintering (AGW) as pasture covers will start reducing from late September. This means the amount of grass available on farm now will determine the plan in the autumn and winter. Research by AHDB Beef & Lamb has shown that an AGW system can offer potential savings of…

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

DO IT NOW – Performance at weaning time

From eight-weeks-of-age, a lamb receives more energy from grass than from milk. Therefore, it is critical to maintain sward quality while also ensuring that grass covers are sufficient to provide for all of the grazing stock before and after weaning. If forage availability is low, the body condition score of lactating ewes will decline and…

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

HOW TO – Ensile lucerne

Lucerne (Medigo sativa), also known as alfalfa, is the most widely grown forage crop in the world, although it has not been popular with British growers for the last 100 years. Given the volatile nature of imported protein prices, interest in this high-yielding, protein-rich legume is now increasing. High yields, good nutritional value and drought…

Sunday, 15 May 2016

DO IT NOW – Understand the impact of the chlorpyrifos ban

Based on a European Union review on chlorpyrifos, it has been decided that this once commonly used pesticide will be withdrawn from the market. The announcement means that, from 1 April 2016, it will be illegal to sell, distribute or use existing stocks of these products. Chlorpyrifos is most commonly used to control pests associated…

Sunday, 15 May 2016

How to use fertiliser strategically

Grass has a natural growth curve that reflects the release of soil mineral nitrogen (SMN), as well as increasing day lengths and soil temperatures. Some degree of manipulation of this is possible by targeted fertiliser N applications to ‘extend’ grass growth earlier and later in the season. However, this requires a degree of caution. While…