Focusing on 2024 as the grass season bows out with heavy rain
Martin Merrick
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.
6 September 2023 Northern Ireland
Milking the benefits of low input grazing swards
Portrush farmer William Chestnutt is making use of multispecies swards to feed his 250 cow dairy herd, Kieran Mailey reports.
29 August 2023 Management
Time running out for autumn reseeding
With a tight window for autumn reseeding, farmers should consider the merits of a stitching or direct drilling method to establish new grass.
Opportunity to put life back into silage swards
Conditions are potentially ideal on many farms to get some new grasses into old silage swards.
23 August 2023 Northern Ireland
Lie-back rule will cause cover crop die-back
The decision to force farmers to have an acre of grass lie-back for every acre of cover crop being grazed seems nonsensical. And on closer inspection, it is indeed, nonsensical.
23 August 2023 Dealer
Dairy Management: clover problems, lime and poor milk prices
Aidan Brennan takes a look at some problems farmers are having with clover in terms of bloat and a scarcity of clover-safe sprays.
16 August 2023 Management
Strong growth persists with improved grazing conditions
Growth has remained steadily in the 50s and 60s the past number of weeks, with ground starting to firm up with improved weather.
16 August 2023 Grass & feeding
Five options for managing reseeded grass in wet conditions
While rain has shelved many plans for reseeding, where farmers have new grass in place, Kieran Mailey offers some advice on managing these swards in wet conditions.
8 August 2023 Reseeding
Three ways to reseed pastures
Reseeding methods can be broken down into three categories, depending on the amount of soil they disturb in the process, writes Aidan Brennan.
7 August 2023 Reseeding
Red clover: is it a fix or a fantasy?
Aidan Brennan looks at the role of red clover in Irish grazing systems and argues that even though it is a low nitrogen input crop, it is still a high-input crop.
7 August 2023 Reseeding
Reseeding terminology: what it means
Aidan Brennan takes a look at some of the common phrases when it comes to grass seeds and explains what each one is.
6 August 2023 Reseeding
Weekend weather: persistent rain and windy conditions
Met Éireann forecasts wet and windy conditions on Friday night and Saturday. It will be changeable after that, with showers and persistent rain.
4 August 2023 News