How to…

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

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…

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…