Grass

Growth rates remain low as farmers plan for autumn grazing

Growth rates remain low as farmers plan for autumn grazing

Grass growth has returned to farms, but growth rates are below what many farmers would of been hoping for after...

August 24, 2021

Boom in grass growth rates has not arrived yet

Boom in grass growth rates has not arrived yet

This year’s grass growing season has been challenging to say the least, with growth rates slow for the majority of...

August 10, 2021

Extended grazing: It takes time and determination to master

Extended grazing: It takes time and determination to master

Teagasc advisors will readily admit that it will take a commitment, extending out over a number of years, for every...

August 9, 2021

Boom expected in grass growth following recent rainfall

Boom expected in grass growth following recent rainfall

In light of the recent rainfall across the country, grass growth rates are expected to significantly improve in the coming...

August 7, 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

Grass management during the current dry spell

Grass management during the current dry spell

Grass management is of the upmost importance during the current dry spell experienced in many parts of the country. The...

July 2, 2021

Replacing the nutrients after making bales

Replacing the nutrients after making bales

The recent burst of grass growth has seen many farmers removing surplus grass as bales, but it is important to...

June 26, 2021

Keeping good quality grass in front of lambs and taking out surplus grass

Keeping good quality grass in front of lambs and taking out surplus grass

The mix of good, warm and at times wet weather is leading to strong growth rates across the country –...

June 14, 2021

Promoting bull-beef production? I’m not so sure

Promoting bull-beef production? I’m not so sure

Macra na Feirme’s idea to promote bull beef production in this country has as much chance of flying with me...

June 13, 2021

Grass – Ireland’s best kept secret

Grass – Ireland’s best kept secret

Ireland’s response to climate change, sustainability, and our future role in helping to feed the world must be viewed through...

June 8, 2021

Maintaining grass quality during peak milk production

Maintaining grass quality during peak milk production

Spring-calving dairy cows are now, for the most part, at peak production; maintaining grass quality during peak production is important....

June 4, 2021

Key metrics to managing grass and grazing – CAFRE

Key metrics to managing grass and grazing – CAFRE

The 2021 grazing season is now in full swing across Northern Ireland, but is proving a challenge in managing grass...

May 13, 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

REAP – farmers urged to apply before May 10 deadline

REAP – farmers urged to apply before May 10 deadline

Farmers are being urged to apply for a new pilot environment scheme, Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP), before the May...

April 30, 2021

Considering reseeding? 5 steps for a successful reseed

Considering reseeding? 5 steps for a successful reseed

Considering reseeding this year? Be aware that a spring/early summer reseed is a much better option when compared to an...

April 4, 2021