Dairy Event 2011: Managing grassland nutrients

Livestock producers looking to make the most from grass can get advice on what varieties to choose from a new guide launched at this year’s Dairy Event and Livestock Show.

The ‘Grassland: managing nutrients for profitable grass production’ from fertiliser specialist K+S, provides advice on balancing grass productivity with animal health.

Technical manager Jerry McHoul said the free 20-page guide was created on the back of UK fertiliser use surveys which suggest a large number of farmers are failing to adequately meet grassland needs.

“It appears as if almost half of those managing grassland for stock, for example, don’t apply sufficient potash for maximum yield with the result that soil reserves are being depleted.”

He said there was often a lack of focus on the nutrition of grass, and to get the maximum performance from grass, farmers needed to make sure there is the correct balance of nutrients.

As a result, the new guide assesses a farmer’s grassland requirements based on the latest RB 209 fertiliser recommendations, taking into account the nutrient balance and pH of the soil.

“It highlights each nutrient in turn and the key rations of these required in stock diets to avoid metabolic disorders, and focuses on best use organic manures as partners to fertiliser products,” added Mr McHoul.

To receive your free copy of the guide, call 0800 0322480 or email.

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