Grass growth: Grass growth rates are exceptional, with many farms recording 80kg and 90kg per day of growth. Many wouldn’t see growth rates like this at the peak in growth in May and June. For most dairy farms stocked over at three cows per hectare it will be time to put away the mower and let the cows manage the grass from now on. While growth is exceptional, with good grazing management you should be able to get through it. Remember, typically you will see a big fall-off in growth rates from mid August onwards as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop.
For those farmers stocked less than this or on heavy soils where they don’t want to build grass covers, many farmers are still cutting out surplus grass from the grazing platform. The message is do it sooner rather than later to at least get the paddocks growing again and maximise the quality growth opportunity for the autumn.