How to…

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

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Based on a European Union review on chlorpyrifos, it has been decided that this once commonly used pesticide will be withdrawn from the market.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…

Sunday, 15 May 2016

How good is your reseed?

AHDB, with Field Options, are trying to get an understanding of how beef, sheep and dairy producers are reseeding grass fields and how successful the reseeds have been. We would be very grateful if you could help us by completing our online survey, using your most recently reseeded field as an example. Please click here…

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Boost forage knowledge

Grazing strategies workshops AHDB Beef & Lamb are working with Sue Buckingham (Forward Thinking Farming) to deliver some technical workshops on grazing strategies. The workshops will help sheep and beef producers develop their own grazing plans and enable them to discuss the pros and cons of their current grazing systems. The dates and locations are:…

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Improve grass utilisation

Through efficient utilisation and management, grass can provide an economical and nutrient-rich feedstuff, with grazed grass costing £57 per tonne dry matter (DM) compared to a 16% cattle ration costing up to £140 per tonne DM. It is hoped that, by further improving the utilisation of grazed grass, producers can minimise their animal’s consumption of…