03 June 1999
Dairy farmers ‘should feed more grass’

UK dairy farmers are failing to take advantage of home-grown feed, according to costings presented at a recent Terra Nitrogen conference.

Delegates were told that good grazing could enable herd managers to collect more than 4000 litres of production from forage, and achieve annual stocking rates of 2.2 to 2.5 cows per hectare.

An extra 1500 litres from forage will be worth about £85 a cow in margin over purchased feed at todays milk prices.

  • The Herald 03/06/99 page 26