Grass Growth

Some of the factors affecting grass growth

Some of the factors affecting grass growth

The amount of grass that is grown on a farm is influenced by a range of factors, with each year...

May 15, 2021

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

Setting and achieving grazing targets for April

Setting and achieving grazing targets for April

As cows enter the second rotation, dairy farmers should set themselves key grazing targets, and monitor their progress regularly. That’s...

April 20, 2021

Grass advice: Starting the second round and grass growth

Grass advice: Starting the second round and grass growth

As we enter into the second round of the grazing rotation, slower than normal grass growth remains an issue on...

April 15, 2021

Grass growth: Might be time to call a halt to the grazing season

Grass growth: Might be time to call a halt to the grazing season

Over the last while, in particular the last seven-to-10 days, a lot of stock across the country has been housed...

November 8, 2020

Grassland management: Slurry deadline fast approaching

Grassland management: Slurry deadline fast approaching

Farmers that have slurry left to spread are running out of time to get their tanks emptied, as the deadline...

October 10, 2020

Grass advice: Options for reducing grass demand on farms

Grass advice: Options for reducing grass demand on farms

Average grass growth rates, across the country, continue to take a slight dip, as we head further into autumn. In...

September 17, 2020

Grass growth: Grass continues to grow well; however, weather remains unsettled

Grass growth: Grass continues to grow well; however, weather remains unsettled

The weather forecast for the coming days, heading into next week, looks set to be unsettled – especially over to...

September 3, 2020

Grass growth: Poor weather leading to trickier grazing conditions

Grass growth: Poor weather leading to trickier grazing conditions

Grass continues to grow well across the country, despite some areas receiving a large amount of rainfall over the last...

August 21, 2020

Grassland management: Maintaining grass quality and fertiliser use

Grassland management: Maintaining grass quality and fertiliser use

The mixture of sunshine and rain continues to see grass growth excel on many farms. This in turn, has seen...

August 2, 2020

Soils at field capacity in areas, but still down 61mm in others

Soils at field capacity in areas, but still down 61mm in others

The soil moisture deficit (SMD) has recovered in many parts of the country over the past week as rain made...

June 29, 2020

Grass growth: ‘Well needed rain’ kickstarting growth rates again in Co. Tipperary

Grass growth: ‘Well needed rain’ kickstarting growth rates again in Co. Tipperary

Over the past week or so, the vast majority, if not all, of the country has received some rainfall. The...

June 26, 2020

Soil moisture deficits show improvement, but midlands still struggling

Soil moisture deficits show improvement, but midlands still struggling

Soil moisture deficits (SMDs) have shown signs of improvement from last week following the rain of recent days. Soils in...

June 23, 2020

Soil moisture deficits have a long way to go

Soil moisture deficits have a long way to go

Farmers across the country were hoping for some rain over the weekend and while some areas of the country received...

June 16, 2020

‘There won’t be much of a second cut without rain’ – McCormack

‘There won’t be much of a second cut without rain’ – McCormack

With the weather holding out warm and dry at the moment, concerns over grass growth are not letting up, and...

June 3, 2020

Getting grazing ready…what can I do now?

Getting grazing ready…what can I do now?

It is hard to believe that we are already entering another grazing season on farms across the country; it feels...

January 27, 2020

Slowing grass growth and getting 2020 grazing ready

Slowing grass growth and getting 2020 grazing ready

Grass growth has virtually hit a standstill – across the country – with growth rates on average standing at 5kg...

December 10, 2019

Grass growth: Holding in there… for now

Grass growth: Holding in there… for now

Grass growth is holding steady across the country, likely due to the slightly above average soil temperatures. Average grass growth...

November 29, 2019