Curtins Farm in Moorepark grew 79kg/day over the past seven days. Normally, we wouldn’t expect this level of growth until May, but the fact that it has arrived now means that action must be taken now or else grass will get out of hand very quickly.

Farmers who are good at managing grass will walk the farm twice a week and take action to keep average farm cover between 150 and 180kg per cow. This might involve skipping over paddocks and/or re-introducing paddocks that were intended for silage if growth rate drops or if the outlook for growth changes.