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Farmer Writes: grass only growing in fits and starts
Bill O'Keeffe
The milk that we produce can’t be produced at a lower carbon footprint anywhere else in the world, writes Bill O'Keeffe.
7 August 2022 Grass & feeding
Transition to grass – a vital period for calf health
Managing the transition to grass is key for calves to achieve growth targets over the first grazing season. Declan Marren reports.
August reseeding can produce up to 1t more grass the following spring
On-farm trials carried out by DLF over the last two years show that swards sown in August will produce up to 1t more grass the following spring than those sown in September.
Grass+ Beef: thoughts turn to building grass covers for autumn
As we enter August, it is time for farmers to start building grass covers on farm for autumn grazing.
3 August 2022 Grass & feeding
Growth rates struggle to match demand
Grass growth this week has been very variable with a number of factors at play determining the level of growth.
13 July 2022 Grass & feeding
Five steps to set up grazing for the second half of the season
As grazing enters the second half of the season, outlined are five steps to managing swards for the remainder of the year.
9 July 2022 Management
Grass+ Beef: getting grazing quality back under control
Grass quality has been quite poor on farms over the last two weeks and corrective action needs to be taken.
6 July 2022 Grass & feeding
Rain is promised, but will it come?
With most farmers crying out for rain and plenty of rain in the forecast, the next week could be ideal for grass growth.
22 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Grass+ Beef: battling seed heads and grazing quality
Swards across the country are going to head as the grass plant enters the reproductive phase of its growth cycle.
15 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Watch: big grass crops from a spattering of N
First-cut grass yield is as good as I ever remember, writes Derek Robinson.
15 June 2022 Farmer Writes
Thrive: grass growth becoming a problem on demo farm
A lack of moisture on the demonstration farm in south Tipperary has seen grass growth rates nose dive in the last week to 10 days.
15 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Topping grass to maintain sward quality
Where cattle enter swards that have headed out, grass utilisation will drop, leaving a lot of stem behind. Topping grass is a short-term fix to maintain grass quality in June.
14 June 2022 Management