Grassland Management

Grass growth: Rain needed by many

Grass growth: Rain needed by many

Grass growth has continued to lag behind the growth rates that would be expected for this time of year. Many...

June 24, 2022

Managing grass growth has been very challenging

Managing grass growth has been very challenging

The sharp spike in grass growth north of Dublin during the first half of May was great news for silage...

June 20, 2022

Germinal Ireland: German dairy farmers seek grass advice on Irish farm

Germinal Ireland: German dairy farmers seek grass advice on Irish farm

Grass and forage seed provider Germinal has attracted the interest of German dairy farmers seeking grass and grazing advice in...

June 15, 2022

Grass growth: Keeping grass quality under control

Grass growth: Keeping grass quality under control

Grass growth rates remain high on farms which, if sustained further, may pose a challenge. The growth rates that have...

May 27, 2022

Call for review of grassland ploughing ban on derogation farms

Call for review of grassland ploughing ban on derogation farms

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has claimed that a new nitrates derogation condition is causing “significant concern” for farmers. Under...

May 14, 2022

Grass growth: Turns the corners as growth takes off

Grass growth: Turns the corners as growth takes off

We are now in May and it appears that grass growth has finally gotten the boost that it needed, and...

May 6, 2022

Managing covers as second rotation begins on farms

Managing covers as second rotation begins on farms

The second rotation has begun on a number of farms, but slow grass growth rates remain an issue on many...

April 14, 2022

Grass is Ireland’s most important crop – ICMSA

Grass is Ireland’s most important crop – ICMSA

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has emphasised that grass is the most important crop grown in Ireland. The...

April 11, 2022

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Suckler-beef and sheep farming in stone wall country

Suckler-beef and sheep farming in stone wall country

William John Fitzmaurice is a suckler and sheep farmer based between Athleague and Rour Roads Co. Roscommon. He is farming...

March 20, 2022

Use of clover can help Ireland achieve a greener future

Use of clover can help Ireland achieve a greener future

Ahead of the day when the world turns green, agri-food scientists are crediting Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick who is...

March 17, 2022

Getting cows out to grass this spring

Getting cows out to grass this spring

The weather in January and early February has been quite good, with many farmers able to get cows out to...

February 9, 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

Multi-species grass research claims international award

Multi-species grass research claims international award

A researcher with Teagasc has claimed an international award for her work on multi-species grass swards. Dr. Saoirse Cummins has...

December 23, 2021

Staying on track and resisting the urge to regraze closed off ground

Staying on track and resisting the urge to regraze closed off ground

Tightening grass supplies and poor underfoot conditions on sheep farms are making it difficult to manage stock, as is often...

December 15, 2021

Dairy advice: Time to start thinking about spring grass

Dairy advice: Time to start thinking about spring grass

Although growth rates this backend have been quite good, it’s time to start thinking about spring grass, and close the...

November 11, 2021

Grass growth remains steady as summer turns to autumn

Grass growth remains steady as summer turns to autumn

Tomorrow is September 1, which means cows are entering the final third of their lactation on spring-calving farms, and it...

August 31, 2021

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