How to…

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

Monday, 18 May 2015

Measure grass

It may seem like an obvious thing to do but it‘s really important. EBLEX has produced two sward sticks and some really useful tools for producers so they can use the information gathered. What is the difference between the two sticks? The standard sward stick uses sward heights developed decades ago that provide a balance…

Monday, 20 April 2015

Increase white clover levels

White clover is a perennial legume and is a useful addition to grazing or silage swards. It is well known that the bacteria in the root nodules of white clover fix up to 150 kg/ha of nitrogen. Intake increases by 20-30 per cent which leads to higher liveweight gains. Protein and mineral contents are higher…

Monday, 20 April 2015

Cutting date

The stage of growth at which the crop is cut will have more influence on the eventual feeding value of the silage than any other factor under the farmer‘s control. Grasses are classified according to heading date – the date on which 50 per cent of the ears in fertile tillers have emerged. Therefore producers…

Monday, 20 April 2015

DO IT NOW Count earthworms

Earthworms are generally most active during spring and autumn, but if living in burrows, they can be found within the soil at any time of the year. The best time to observe or count earthworm populations is early to mid-spring or after the soil has wetted up in autumn. Earthworms are vital to the turnover…

Monday, 16 March 2015

Four quick steps to assess soil structure

EBLEX and Dairy-Co have co-funded a project called Healthy Grassland Soils‘, with the objective of producing an industry-agreed method for assessing soil structure. A simple scoring system will help producers decide the best course of action for any problems discovered underground READ MORE¦ Assess soil structure in four quick steps The end of winter is…