Beef Cattle - Grass and Feeding

The Grass Week: first-cut silage essential to build fodder reserves
Martin Merrick
While a lot of farmers are still feeding silage, attention on first cut ground needs to take a major focus in the coming weeks in order to replenish depleted reserves of fodder.

Skipping grazing silage ground and splitting fertiliser applications
10 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Skipping grazing silage ground and splitting fertiliser applications
With it now being mid-April and ground conditions still poor, there is a small amount of optimism building around an improved forecast over the weekend.
Buying stores to graze: Do the costs stack?
10 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Buying stores to graze: Do the costs stack?
Where farmers are planning to purchase store cattle to graze and finish, doing up a budget before buying is advised. Kieran Mailey reports.
Growth, soil temperatures and trafficability all low
A lack of fertiliser application and saturated soils have hit soil temperatures and growth figures, while ground is still un-grazeable for many.
6 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Organic farming and reseeding
With growing numbers of farmers either organic or in the process of converting to organic farming, Aidan Brennan looks at some of the options around reseeding.
1 April 2024 Reseeding
Decisions on first cut silage fertiliser needed amid poor ground conditions
Many farmers would have fertiliser for first cut silage spread at this point in a normal year, but saturated ground has prevented tractors heading in to fields.
30 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Weather and ground conditions pose risk to early silage cuts
With ground un-trafficable, the chance to get fertiliser out for first cut silage has been slim to none, which may pose an issue with harvesting early silage.
27 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Record rainfall disrupting grazing plans in Mayo
Adam Woods reports from a Teagasc early grass walk in Ballyglass in Co Mayo.
27 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Wet weather disrupts grazing plans
Adam Woods takes a look at what the grazing plan should be once the current wet weather passes.
20 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Ten tips to start spring grazing
After a long winter, farmers are keen to get cattle out to grass. Kieran Mailey outlines some tips for managing spring grazing.
20 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Adjustment needed to correct spring rotation planner
There are some farms that are yet to get any stock to grass, as ground conditions have failed to dry out sufficiently.
16 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Ground conditions back to square one as rainfall limits turnout
Heavy rain, particularly in the southern half of the country, has prevented more cattle being turned out or has resulted in rehousing of stock.
13 March 2024 Grass & feeding