How to…

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

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…

Friday, 16 October 2015

DO IT NOW – Aim to reset pastures

To get the best out of pastures, it is important to reset them before going into winter. For beef systems, electric fencing may be needed to increase grazing pressures on certain fields to ensure grass is reset. Strip grazing (with a back fence) with fit dry suckler cows or youngstock can allocate feed according to…

Thursday, 17 September 2015

How to use RGCL for forage…

Through checking yields Although it is useful to know that the world record yield for Elephant Grass was 85t DM/ha per year, it is not a realistic target for temperate grasses in England. Using data from the Recommended Grass and Clover List (RGCL), it can be seen that the average annual yield of perennial, Italian…