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NWF Weekly Grass Watch – 1st October

Grass Growth

Daily grass growth across GB remained constant this week averaging 39.4kg DM/ha/day, comparable to the 6-year average of 40kg DM/ha/day for the same period. However, some regions such as Scotland and the Southwest experienced significant declines in average daily grass growth rates at -13 and – 10kg DM/ha/day respectively. Whereas the East experienced the largest increase in growth rates rising from 23 to 52kg DM/ha/day thanks to favourable weather resulting in better growing conditions.

Milk Yield from Grazing

The average MYFG has increased slightly this week to M+1.2litres/day. This figure remains above both the 2020 average of M-0.66 litres/day and the 6-year average of M+0.91litres/day. Sadly, no samples were received for the North East and Yorkshire this week. Sample numbers were also lower across some other regions. As always, individual farms are encouraged to analyse their grass for improved ration accuracy, improved efficiency, and higher milk yields.

Sample Submissions

As the end of the 2021 grazing season approaches, we encourage sample submission to enable accurate data/reports (last week will be the final 2021 GrassWatch Tech Talk) understanding the nutritional balance of each ration ensures diets are designed for optimal, performance, improved efficiency and better heard health.

Source:  Trouw Nutrition

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