GrowthWatch

GrowthWatch: Grazing season comes to an end for some farms

GrowthWatch: Grazing season comes to an end for some farms

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Keep track of the average farm cover (AFC) if still grazing. At no...

November 7, 2020

GrowthWatch: Grazing season draws to a close for heavier stock

GrowthWatch: Grazing season draws to a close for heavier stock

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald The 2020 grazing season is beginning to draw to a close on farms...

October 31, 2020

GrowthWatch: Graze paddocks now that you want to be hitting early next spring

GrowthWatch: Graze paddocks now that you want to be hitting early next spring

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald In the main, grazing conditions have been relatively good this autumn. Grass availability...

October 23, 2020

GrowthWatch: Targeting 60% of the farm grazed by the end of October

GrowthWatch: Targeting 60% of the farm grazed by the end of October

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald We are now at the midpoint of October, which is a significant date...

October 17, 2020

GrowthWatch: Rain forces stores indoors on heavy farms

GrowthWatch: Rain forces stores indoors on heavy farms

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Grazing conditions have deteriorated significantly on some of the farms participating in the...

October 10, 2020

GrowthWatch: Making use of grass in challenging conditions

GrowthWatch: Making use of grass in challenging conditions

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald The wet weather over the couple of days has made grazing conditions challenging...

October 3, 2020

GrowthWatch: Preparations for spring grassland management begin now

GrowthWatch: Preparations for spring grassland management begin now

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Although seemingly a long way away, preparations for spring grassland management are starting...

September 26, 2020

GrowthWatch: Aim to maximise the use of autumn grass

GrowthWatch: Aim to maximise the use of autumn grass

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald With the weather forecast looking relatively good for the time of year and...

September 19, 2020

GrowthWatch: Slurry and fertiliser – when and where?

GrowthWatch: Slurry and fertiliser – when and where?

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald The deadline for chemical fertiliser nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) applications is fast...

September 12, 2020

GrowthWatch: Chemical fertiliser deadline approaching

GrowthWatch: Chemical fertiliser deadline approaching

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald The chemical fertiliser spreading closed period begins on September 15 for the entire...

September 4, 2020

GrowthWatch: Meal feeding to be fast tracked to spring-born calves

GrowthWatch: Meal feeding to be fast tracked to spring-born calves

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Much of Ireland has been gripped in storm-like conditions over the past number...

August 27, 2020

GrowthWatch: Managing tricky grazing conditions

GrowthWatch: Managing tricky grazing conditions

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald The target for mid-August is to have approximately 25 days of grass ahead...

August 22, 2020

GrowthWatch: Building autumn covers firmly in sight

GrowthWatch: Building autumn covers firmly in sight

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Extending the number of grazing days beef cattle spend at grass each year...

August 13, 2020

GrowthWatch: Beware of reduced grass quality

GrowthWatch: Beware of reduced grass quality

By Teagasc Green Acres programme advisor James Fitzgerald The higher than normal levels of rainfall over the last number of...

August 6, 2020

GrowthWatch: Focus turns to building grass covers for the autumn

GrowthWatch: Focus turns to building grass covers for the autumn

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Over the last three months, grassland management on the Teagasc Green Acres Calf...

July 31, 2020

GrowthWatch: Keeping a close eye on pre-grazing covers

GrowthWatch: Keeping a close eye on pre-grazing covers

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Mid-season weighing has been completed on the majority of the Teagasc Green Acres...

July 23, 2020

GrowthWatch: Grass growth exceeding demand scenario welcomed

GrowthWatch: Grass growth exceeding demand scenario welcomed

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald Across the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme farms the rate at...

July 16, 2020

GrowthWatch: Focus switches to second-cut silage and surpluses

GrowthWatch: Focus switches to second-cut silage and surpluses

By Teagasc’s Seán Cummins and James Fitzgerald After a challenging few weeks in terms of drought, the farms in the...

July 11, 2020