Forage for Knowledge
The latest grass growth and quality figures can be found on our new interactive dashboard, along with the latest updates and resources.
Late season pasture management
Dairy consultant Andre Van Barneveld from Graise Consultancy talks about how to manage pre-grazing covers to maximise profits as we head into the 2nd half of the grazing season
Managing surplus grass in rotational grazing systems for cattle
Surplus grass usually starts to accumulate as grass growth increases and peaks in May. At this point, grass growth could be 100 kg/DM/ha when livestock requirements could be 50% of this figure
Remember to check youngstock at grass
Using rotational grazing techniques on a heifer grazing platform not only helps train replacements for herd life, but also creates the quality leafy grass necessary for rumen development and daily liveweight gain. Just as on the milking platform, however, it requires good infrastructure and an eye on residuals
Average daily growth rates are down slightly, by 4.9 kg DM/ha, to 74.4 kg DM/ha, across Forage for Knowledge (FFK) contributor farms, ahead of the long-term average for July, 52.3 kg DM/ha. A big variation across regions is still evident, with a difference of 127 kg DM/ha noted between the highest growth rates in Cheshire (160 kg DM/ha) and lowest rates in Kent (33 kg DM/ha).
FFK contributor farms are reporting regrowth to be fast, with others closing up more paddocks for silage to manage surplus. However, others are still in need of rain, with winds stripping moisture from the ground, meaning that growth is yet to bounce back.