How to…

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

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…

Friday, 15 January 2016

Plan nutrient requirements

When planning nutrient requirements it is important to begin by testing the soil so that you have a clear understanding of its nutrient status and where adjustments are required. Defra’s Farm Practice Survey suggests that approximately 30% of producers in severely disadvantaged areas (SDA) and approximately 50% of non-SDA producers regularly test soils. Another  survey…

Friday, 15 January 2016

Boost forage knowledge

Online tools to help calculate fertiliser requirements   Farm Crap App This app has been developed by SWARM Knowledge Hub and determines the amount of crop-available nutrients (nitrogen, phosphate and potash) within manure at differing spreading rates. It enables producers to decide how much to spread in order to meet the crop’s requirements and what…

Friday, 16 October 2015

How to make better conserved forage by sampling your silage

Getting a representative silage for analysis All producers should test silage and hay for analysis (six to eight weeks after cutting) to ensure rations can be appropriately formulated to maximise the amount of forage fed while maintaining performance targets. Collecting a representative sample on farm is vital if the laboratory analysis is to reflect what is…

Friday, 16 October 2015

How to graze autumn reseeds

Autumn reseeds should be grazed before the winter to help encourage tillering, which is the production of new shoots by the main grass plant and is crucial to successful reseeding. Grazing needs to be done carefully to ensure successful establishment of all the species sown with minimal soil damage. Field Options recommended in their recent…