The Grass Week: end of grazing as covers deplete and conditions deteriorate
Martin Merrick
Low utilisation has led to covers on farms that continued to graze to rapidly disappear, while ground conditions called a halt to grazing for many before now.
15 November 2023 Grass & feeding
Focusing on 2024 as the grass season bows out with heavy rain
Heavy rainfall over the weekend has ended the grazing season for the fortunate few that were still out at grass, as the attention turns to next spring.
25 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Youngstock the saving grace to extend the grazing period
While the majority of finishing cattle or cows have had to be housed, dairy bred calves and weanlings might be able to remain at grass for a number of weeks yet.
Grazing efforts remain challenging
With a wet end to October, grazing has ended for some, while others struggle on trying to work through cover, write Martin Merrick and Declan Collins.
25 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Poor weather leading to low utilisation
The wet weather is making grazing extremely difficult, and farmers are reporting that utilisation has been poor, with cattle walking grass in to the ground.
18 October 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: fluctuating rainfall levels affecting grazing plans
Heavier than normal rainfall in the east has led to on-off grazing, while a drier week in the west has allowed some stock to return to paddocks.
14 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Eye on spring 2024 as grazing season enters final stage
For those still at grass, setting the farm up for spring 2024 should be in the back of your mind as you allocate paddocks.
11 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Planning for spring grazing 2024 commences
With a tricky finish to autumn grazing, it’s still important to set the farm up for spring 2024, write Martin Merrick and Declan Collins.
11 October 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: grazing struggles see a reprieve with improved weather
The warmer and more settled weather may allow some farmers who housed cows over the past week or so to get them back out again.
7 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Low reward for damaging sward to extend grazing season
At this point, damage to the sward in aid of keeping cattle out longer is a high risk, low reward scenario for many.
4 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Housing, closing paddocks and slurry problems
Adam Woods takes a look at some housing tips, a plan for closing up paddocks and what to do if your slurry tanks are still full.
27 September 2023 Management
The Grass Week: tough conditions leading to more management
The heavy rainfall over the last few days has quickly saturated ground and made grazing off heavy covers tricky.
23 September 2023 Grass & feeding