Grass Growth

Grazing deficits now an issue on NI dairy farms

Grazing deficits now an issue on NI dairy farms

Grazing deficits are being reported on many dairy farms in Northern Ireland, as persistent cold temperatures and low rainfall challenge...

April 29, 2021

Preparation is key to successful grass growth this spring

Preparation is key to successful grass growth this spring

With grass reseeding costing anywhere between £370-£500/ha, it is important that preparatory steps are taken now in order to reap...

April 4, 2021

‘Better utilisation of grass means better lamb growth’

‘Better utilisation of grass means better lamb growth’

A Ceredigion farmer’s involvement in a major grassland research project has led to major improvements in the performance of her...

December 25, 2020

Grass growth: Could be time to pull the plug

Grass growth: Could be time to pull the plug

While some farmers are continuing to graze, others have been forced to house animals due to the extremely heavy rain...

November 6, 2019

Increase in grass growth in the North, despite volatile season

Increase in grass growth in the North, despite volatile season

Grass growth in the North last year was up 21% compared with the 2007-2015 long term average, according to figures from...

January 2, 2017

Grass advice: Nearing the end of the green stuff

Grass advice: Nearing the end of the green stuff

North of the border most herds are now fully housed or on their last few days at grass. With frosty...

November 11, 2016

Agriland Vet: Treating Grass Tetany as rain drives grass growth

Agriland Vet: Treating Grass Tetany as rain drives grass growth

The rain and humid conditions that have gripped the country in the last couple of days have been good for...

June 14, 2016

What does pasture really cost you as a farmer?

What does pasture really cost you as a farmer?

It has been suggested recently that as a feed, pasture is more expensive than supplements, but DairyNZ developer Sean McCarthy disagrees...

September 30, 2015

‘Just because you don’t live in Cork doesn’t mean you can’t grow lots of grass’

‘Just because you don’t live in Cork doesn’t mean you can’t grow lots of grass’

Farmers need to get over the stigma of location when it comes to growing grass, Teagasc’s Michael O’Donovan told farmers...

July 4, 2015

How to maintain grass quality when growth barely meets demand

How to maintain grass quality when growth barely meets demand

It has been extremely difficult to maintain grass quality in June, but staying on an 18-19-day rotation definitely helped us...

July 1, 2015

How to get a handle on the scourge of docks

How to get a handle on the scourge of docks

Best control of docks will be achieved in good growing conditions when docks are actively growing and nutrients are actively being...

June 24, 2015

Dry ground sees grass growth slow in the East

Dry ground sees grass growth slow in the East

Grass growth is 10 days behind normal in eastern counties, according to Met Eireann. It says latest data shows soil...

June 23, 2015

Grass advice: Dealing with low growth and stem

Grass advice: Dealing with low growth and stem

Despite cold weather growth rates have improved slightly this week, depending on farm fertility and location. It is crucial that...

May 21, 2015

Cold and wet weather takes its toll on breeding and grass growth

Cold and wet weather takes its toll on breeding and grass growth

With soil temperature at 9 degrees and over 30mm of rain this week, it is far from an idyllic start...

May 7, 2015