Sheep - Grass and Management

The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
Martin Merrick
We are approaching the time of the year for grasses to head out, so it is also when grass quality can go downhill in grazing and silage swards.
Timing of treatment critical to optimum weed control
12 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Timing of treatment critical to optimum weed control
The lift in temperatures in the last two weeks has boosted grass growth rates but the growth of weeds has also taken off.
The Grass Week: grass growth set to rocket, but so are weeds
11 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: grass growth set to rocket, but so are weeds
It seems spring has finally sprung (in May) and growth is now exceeding on-farm demands for many, though the conditions will also favour weed growth.
Focus on grass driving performance in Donegal
The mother and son team of Margaret and Jack Stevenson are running a high-performing 500-head ewe flock alongside a 30 head suckler-to-weaning enterprise in Donegal.
8 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Know the fertiliser N and P limits for grassland
The introduction of the fertiliser database has put a greater focus on determining fertiliser allowances with potential penalties liable if limits are exceeded.
1 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: heavy covers causing headaches while others struggle for supply
Delayed turn-out has caused for some heavy covers to hit production on farms and what to do with these will depend on individual farms.
27 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Exploring lower cost fencing options for sheep
An escalation in input prices in recent years has put a greater focus on driving performance from a grass-based system, but some fencing options have also become more costly.
24 April 2024 Infrastructure
Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
The continued inclement weather is creating many challenges for flocks lambing, with grass reserves being depleted fast on many farms, where it was impossible to get slurry or fertiliser applied.
20 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
Above normal winter temperatures supported relatively positive winter grass growth but fertiliser will now be required to drive on spring grass growth.
13 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Multi-species sward and red clover silage measures - your questions answered
The Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers for the measures which opened for applications this week.
10 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Organic farming - firm focus needed on feed quality
All farmers need to be conscious of feed quality but with over 2,000 sheep producers now farming organically, there is a growing spotlight on organic feed.
7 February 2024 Grass & feeding
Hill lambs gaining an average of 130g daily on forage crops
An update on the Teagasc trial exploring the potential of forage crops in hill lamb finishing systems, is throwing up some interesting results.
3 January 2024 Grass & feeding