Grass

Machinery Focus: Clover-rich swards usher in the belt rake

Machinery Focus: Clover-rich swards usher in the belt rake

Silage production in Ireland has always centred on grass, but should other plant species, such as clover, be more regularly...

April 30, 2022

First showing for flagship JCB handler at Scotgrass 2022

First showing for flagship JCB handler at Scotgrass 2022

JCB has reserved the first outing of its latest telescopic handler, the TM420S, for Scotgrass which is to be held...

April 27, 2022

Pottinger launches new belt-type rake for grassland range

Pottinger launches new belt-type rake for grassland range

Grassland specialist Pottinger has added yet another new product to its grassland range – the new MERGENTO VT 9220 belt-type...

April 20, 2022

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep was the theme recently addressed by Dr. Phil Creighton, during his presentation to...

February 8, 2022

Could you identify perennial ryegrass within a sward?

Could you identify perennial ryegrass within a sward?

A leading grassland expert has suggested that significant numbers of sheep and other livestock farmers cannot identify perennial ryegrass and...

February 7, 2022

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Barenbrug are marking a 30-year partnership, one that has seen the development...

December 21, 2021

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Two new, Agri-Food and Biosciences’ Institute (AFBI) grass varieties – Ballyvoy and Dundrod – are about to be released on to the...

December 7, 2021

Forage utilisation key to improving farm sustainability

Forage utilisation key to improving farm sustainability

Ruminant-based livestock sectors will achieve the sustainability improvements they need to make, through improved forage utilisation, according to United Feeds...

November 9, 2021

Sales of clover seed rocket as farmers aim to reduce fertiliser bills

Sales of clover seed rocket as farmers aim to reduce fertiliser bills

Germinal Northern Ireland (NI) is confirming a four-fold increase in red clover seed sales for the first six months of...

July 30, 2021

Grass quality key to profitable milk production

Grass quality key to profitable milk production

On dairy farms, improving sward productivity is important, with good quality grass remaining the key to profitable milk production. Grass...

July 28, 2021

Rothamsted clarifies its position on meat consumption

Rothamsted clarifies its position on meat consumption

In response to the recently published UK National Food Strategy, Rothamsted Research economist Dr. Taro Takahashi suggested that reduced meat...

July 22, 2021

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) dairy advisors have issued guidance to milk producers in Northern Ireland on...

May 10, 2021

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

According to silage consultant Dr. Dave Davies, grass should be cut when it has a dry matter digestibility (DMD) value...

May 6, 2021

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Silage can never be as high a quality of forage as the grass from which it was initially made. and...

April 1, 2021

Work begins to secure the inclusion of Northern Ireland in grass-fed PGI

Work begins to secure the inclusion of Northern Ireland in grass-fed PGI

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) is heading up a group of stakeholder bodies that have been charged with the...

February 15, 2021

Dairy advice: It’s time to complete your spring rotation planner

Dairy advice: It’s time to complete your spring rotation planner

Now’s the time to set your farm up for the grazing season ahead with a spring rotation planner (SRP). The...

January 18, 2021

Tightening the calving pattern in the CAFRE dairy herd

Tightening the calving pattern in the CAFRE dairy herd

The dairy herd at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), fulfills two main roles – student training...

June 17, 2020

Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers are being encouraged to consider how clover swards could save them money as the Covid-19 pandemic puts many farm businesses...

June 1, 2020