Grass management: dealing with a grass shortage
Aidan Brennan
Farmers in the southeast and parts of the midlands are struggling with soil moisture deficits, causing a big reduction in grass growth, writes Aidan Brennan.
Completing a fodder ahead of second cut silage
With first-cut silage harvested, completing a fodder budget now will give a solid indication of how much ground is required for second-cut. Kieran Mailey reports.
Ten tips for harvesting first-cut silage
As silage season moves into full swing, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips to harvesting first-cut silage.
Thrive weekly roundup: weighing yearlings and transitioning calves outdoors
The dairy beef programme roundup has a video update from the demo farm, where yearling stock have been weighed, while we outline the importance of managing the transition to grass for calves.
21 May 2022 Management
Five tips for taking out surplus grass
As grass growth pushes ahead of livestock demand, there will be opportunities to take out swards as silage. Outlined are five tips to baling surplus grass.
21 May 2022 Management
Watch: surplus grass and weighing cattle on Thrive demo farm
Declan Marren has the latest from the Thrive demonstration farm, where the yearling cattle were weighed for the first time since turnout and the first surplus grass of the year is to be baled.
18 May 2022 Grass & feeding
Bales from surplus grass will be harder to come by
With the level of fertiliser applied to grazing ground forecast to be down by 50% on average, it is unlikely that there will be surplus bales from grazing ground to boost supplies.