Grass

Brome grass becoming a ‘major grassland weed problem’ on tillage farms

Brome grass becoming a ‘major grassland weed problem’ on tillage farms

Brome grass, in all its manifestations, is becoming a major grassland weed problem on tillage farms throughout the island of...

January 11, 2017

How do you assess your grass covers?

How do you assess your grass covers?

Marking a scale of heights against cover values on a well-used pair of wellingtons is the easiest way to measure...

November 18, 2016

10 things you didn’t know about fertiliser

10 things you didn’t know about fertiliser

Today, October 13, represents the first ever Global Fertiliser Day to celebrate the important role fertiliser has played and will...

October 13, 2016

Finding the perfect balance between grazing and condition score

Finding the perfect balance between grazing and condition score

As we enter into the second week of closing, the effect of grazing heavier covers becomes apparent; cows are working...

October 12, 2016

Plenty of planning to do for the remainder of the grazing season

Plenty of planning to do for the remainder of the grazing season

As autumn draws in, there is plenty of planning to do for the remainder of the grazing season and indeed...

September 21, 2016

Silage quality shock on the cards for farmers

Silage quality shock on the cards for farmers

First cut silage analysis results are giving significant cause for concern, according to Gerard Butler, a director of Cappoquin-based FBA...

September 19, 2016

Quiz: Think you’re a grass measuring guru? Prove it here!!

Quiz: Think you’re a grass measuring guru? Prove it here!!

Grass measuring is a vital tool used on many Irish farms and at some stage or another some farmers have...

August 28, 2016

8 tips to increase grass covers during August

8 tips to increase grass covers during August

August is a critical month for building grass covers as it is the last month when growth rates outstrip herd...

August 24, 2016

‘Reseeding is one of the most cost-effective on-farm investments’

‘Reseeding is one of the most cost-effective on-farm investments’

Paddocks with a low proportion of perennial ryegrass are costing farmers up to €300/ha per year due to a loss of grass...

July 20, 2016

5 benefits to having the correct lime content in your soil

5 benefits to having the correct lime content in your soil

In recent years there has been a steady decline in soil pH on Irish farms and currently close to 60%...

July 16, 2016

‘Good quality silage is not all about dry matter content’

‘Good quality silage is not all about dry matter content’

This year has been a difficult year to manage grass and get good quality silage due to the unsettled weather conditions...

July 14, 2016

Dealing with docks: ‘If you can eliminate them more grass will grow in their place’

Dealing with docks: ‘If you can eliminate them more grass will grow in their place’

The amount of grass grown on farms would increase if farmers eliminated docks from their swards, according to TP Whelehan’s...

July 4, 2016

‘Decisions taken over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality’

‘Decisions taken over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality’

Decisions taken now and over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality next winter, according...

April 19, 2016

Five steps to make the best quality silage in your parish

Five steps to make the best quality silage in your parish

Silage season may not be to the forefront of farmers minds, but steps taken over the next couple of weeks...

March 16, 2016

How to hit the 60% spring grazing target by mid-March

How to hit the 60% spring grazing target by mid-March

Grazing has been compromised over the last number of weeks on farms due to the weather and poor field conditions....

March 4, 2016

The day slurry goes from being a nuisance to a huge resource

The day slurry goes from being a nuisance to a huge resource

From February 1 (on farms in Northern Ireland) or January 16 on farms in the Republic of Ireland, slurry goes...

January 21, 2016

Don’t hold out much hope for lower fertiliser prices next year

Don’t hold out much hope for lower fertiliser prices next year

Despite the recent and forecast future reductions in energy prices, a weaker euro means that fertiliser prices in 2016 are...

December 11, 2015

‘Silage quality can have a big impact on animal performance’

‘Silage quality can have a big impact on animal performance’

The quality of silage offered to animals can have a big impact on their production and performance, according to Sil-All’s...

October 17, 2015