Grassland management: dealing with the aftermath of rain
Aidan Brennan
Widespread heavy rain across the country on Friday and more rain in the forecast for the next few days means land is getting wet.
28 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Grass+ dairy: growth rates drop as October moves in
Grass growth rates are set to drop over the coming weeks as nights get longer and colder, write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick.
27 September 2022 Management
Make use of slurry spreading windows before closed period
The deadline for spreading slurry is fast approaching, so farmers should take all opportunities to empty storage tanks before then.
Dairy management: when to start closing paddocks for winter
With just six or seven weeks left in the grazing year, Aidan Brennan takes a look at when farmers should be closing up paddocks for the winter.
26 September 2022 Management
Five tips for utilising autumn grass
Grazing can be tricky to manage in autumn, but following some of the outlined tips can help improve grass utilisation.
24 September 2022 Management
Grass growth recovers but deficits remain
Aidan Brennan catches up with three farmers from Carlow, Kerry and Limerick to see what has happened to grass growth since the rain came earlier this month.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Grass+ Beef: growth good but stock flying through grass
Another positive week of grass growth right across the country but many farmers are reporting stock moving through grass at quite a rate, making it very difficult to increase the average farm cover.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Growth rates rebound as silage is dropped
Grass growth rates are on the up and while average farm cover is still behind target, many farmers are able to drop silage from the diet.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Autumn liming to drive spring grass growth
It can take four to six months from spreading ground limestone to correct soil pH, so an autumn lime application is best to drive grass growth next spring.
20 September 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: a big weekend, Garth Brooks and vaccinating cows
I have to say I really hate the thoughts of the winter starting. It’s never so bad when you get into it, but the thought of starting back into it is just not nice.
12 September 2022 Farmer Writes
Dry weather fuels surge in autumn reseeding
There has been a flurry of autumn reseeding across NI, with merchants reporting a surge in sales of grass seed.
7 September 2022 Northern Ireland
Grass+ Beef: rain arrives but grazing issues remain
Rainfall has been widespread across the country since late last week, but as farms “green up” supplementation needs to be maintained.
7 September 2022 Grass & feeding