Know How / Grassland management

In the current challenging climate, all livestock producers are under pressure to maximise the cheapest food source – grass.
See the latest thinking on grazing methods, forage systems, reseeding and varieties as well as how others are making more from grass.

Advice and tips

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How to ‘home-test’ grass to know when to cut for silage

With late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops this spring, it has never been more important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in…

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Advice on choosing the best grass varieties

Farmers should avoid cutting corners when it comes to buying grass seed and should use the Recommended List to ensure they are selecting the best varieties possible. That was the…

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How Finnish farmers have doubled grass growth

The short, five-month grass growing season that Finnish farmers face will strike a chord with many UK counterparts following one of the toughest spring growing seasons on record. Yet progressive…

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Archive

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Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

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Couple makes success of farming on remote Orkney island

Healthy and efficient animals are a must for Neil and Jocelyn Rendall, who farm one of the most remote and smallest Orkney islands. The Isle of Papa Westray (“Papay”), one…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How to ‘home-test’ grass to know when to cut for silage

With late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops this spring, it has never been more important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in…

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Farmer Focus: Brexit makes dairying decision look wise

I sit down to write this article having just finished yet another remote sensing inspection with the ministry. I have been told this will be followed by a cross-compliance inspection…

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Case studies

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Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Couple makes success of farming on remote Orkney island

Healthy and efficient animals are a must for Neil and Jocelyn Rendall, who farm one of the most remote and smallest Orkney islands. The Isle of Papa Westray (“Papay”), one…

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How Argentina is producing beef for EU export

Political change in Argentina has given many beef farmers the confidence to invest in production and actively seek to export to the European Union. Between 2003 and 2015, an anti-farming,…

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How and why Shropshire beef farmer is converting to organic

When a new owner took on the Linley estate and announced that he wanted to go organic, Shropshire beef farmer James Evans admits he was filled with trepidation. His main…

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Insights

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How Finnish farmers have doubled grass growth

The short, five-month grass growing season that Finnish farmers face will strike a chord with many UK counterparts following one of the toughest spring growing seasons on record. Yet progressive…

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How livestock producers in NI are making better use of grass

A collaboration between researchers, farmers and industry in Northern Ireland is helping livestock producers make better use of grass. Established in 1999, the GrassCheck project is operated by Northern Ireland’s…

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Promising weight gains made from grass in dairy beef study

Last October, work to investigate the feasibility of a low-cost dairy beef production system was launched at Harper Adams University with the aim of maximising output from forage and minimising…

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4 messages for the dairy industry

More than 15,000 farmers attended the biannual Teagasc Moorepark Research Open day in Fermoy, County Cork, on 4 July to learn about the latest research being conducted at the centre. …

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News

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Protein forage crops can give £178/ha gains, says study

Alternative forage crops can produce up to 14t of DM/ha at 20% protein with net financial gains of £178/ha, a five-year research programme has shown. The Sustainable Forage Protein project…

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12 varieties added to grass and clover recommended lists

Twelve varieties of grass and clover have been added to the 2018-19 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL), which were released at Grassland UK last week. The 12 varieties added…

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Cheaper grandfather rights spraying qualification ends soon

Experienced pesticide and herbicide users born before 31 December 1964 need to complete “the safe use of pesticides replacing grandfather rights” qualification before 31 December or they will face a more…

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Nematodirus risk increases as temperatures rise

Sheep producers are being warned to be on their guard against nematodirus disease following the sudden spike in temperatures.   The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (Scops) nematodirus forecast map…

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Test and reviews

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Buyers guide to grass-measuring equipment

There is a range of grass-measuring equipment and software on the market, which means choosing the right one can be a minefield. Farmers Weekly looked at a range of measuring…

MACHINERY

3 top-selling solar-powered fencers on test

Electric fences have been a reliable ally for farmers looking to keep livestock in or vermin out, but their usefulness has always been hobbled by the capacity of run-of-the-mill batteries.…

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3 solar-powered fencers compared

Whether it is keeping livestock in or vermin out, electric fencing has been an important part of the farmer’s armoury for a long time. The drawback for isolated fields has…

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A guide to buying and installing cow tracks

Any dairy farmer serious about making the most from grass needs to install suitable cow tracks around the farm. That is the advice from DairyCo grazing expert Piers Badnell, who…

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Video

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How to ‘home-test’ grass to know when to cut for silage

With late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops this spring, it has never been more important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in…

SHEEP

Video: Should you do a full reseed or renovate pasture?

In most cases, if a sward is past its best, there is no substitute for ploughing. However, overseeding can also be beneficial. In the video below, Germinal’s Daniel Loe sets…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: How near-infra red technology measures grass quality

Near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS) technology is helping grassland farmers produce better quality silage by pinpointing when grass is at the optimum nutritional value for harvesting. At Grassland & Muck 2017, Limagrain demonstrated…

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Buyers guide to grass-measuring equipment

There is a range of grass-measuring equipment and software on the market, which means choosing the right one can be a minefield. Farmers Weekly looked at a range of measuring…

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