Our measuring farms grew an average of 45kg DM/ha daily this week, ranging from 15 to 59kg DM/ha/day. This figure is slightly back on the 10-year average for the week and ahead of last year, when growth rates were initially slow, but doubled in just seven days in May, leading to grass quality headaches.

Now is the time to keep tabs on grass quality. Believe it or not, there are plenty of farms taking out paddocks already. While the nights are still cold and grass hasn’t really had a chance to kick on, growth rates are still high enough to service daily demand on most farms. A 45kgDM/ha/day growth rate will be matching demand exactly on a farm stocked at 2.5LU/ha.