Grass

Growth dropped to 40kg/DM/ha/day on Tullamore farm this week, the lowest it’s been since mid-summer. Cold nights will mean grass growth will drop off more in the coming weeks. Make sure you stick to the closing plan and have two thirds of the farm closed up by 1 November, which is only three weeks away. Utilisation is excellent on farms at the moment. You should be grazing the heavy areas of the farm now when ground conditions are good and leave the drier areas for when ground conditions deteriorate. If average farm cover falls below 500-600kg/DM/ha, you need to house, delaying housing will result in later turnout dates in spring 2019.