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Grassland Management 2024

15th May 2024

The high rainfall throughout the Summer and Autumn of 2023, continued over the winter months, resulting in large acreages of grassland and crops sitting under water throughout the country, with soils being left waterlogged. Cattle were brought in earlier than normal putting high demand on forage stock. Whilst everyone is hoping for a kind spring and an early turnout to relieve some of the work and feeding pressures, grazing and silage fields may need some attention to manage them back to their full potential. While the condition of some fields may look disastrous, they may not be as bad as they seem, and many could be turned around into being highly productive.

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Preparation for turnout – are you ready?

30th April 2024

With cows being turned out across the UK, it is essential to forward plan to maximise grass dry matter intakes. With forage stocks, straw and by-products expensive, along with rising feed markets, more farmers are looking at maximising milk from grass this year.

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Maize Sowing 2024

18th April 2024

Maize is a key part of many dairy diets, choosing the right seed is paramount to ensuring the end plant meets the dietary requirements. The maize harvest from 2023 didn’t see the best outcomes despite yielding well. The crop maturity, cob development and starch deposition were poor, likely due to the unusually high rainfall and lack of sun in August. Given this it is important to have maize silages analysed as well as grass silage to ensure diets are suitably balanced.

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