Average grass growth rates for Great Britain have improved this week, thanks to rainfall over the bank holiday weekend. Growth rates are now averaging 38.7kg DM/ha/day, however this is still behind expected rates for the time of year and the 6-year average of 55.0 kg DM/ha/day.
The North East saw the greatest improvements of 9kg DM/ha/day, whilst the East Midlands, the East and Scotland saw a decline in growth rates compared to the previous week.
Milk Yield from Grazing (MYFG)
MYFG has increased again this week to M+11.3 litres/day. Current figures remain above the 6 year and 2020 averages of M+10.45 and M+9.51 litres/day, respectively. This increase can be attributed to a higher average ME, at 12.6 MJ/kg DM versus a 6-year average of 12.23 MJ/kg DM, and higher potential dry matter intakes.
Wales and West had the greatest potential MYFG at M+19.6 litres/day, although this is from a relatively small sample size. Unfortunately, no samples were received for the North East and Yorkshire or the East. Trouw encourages individual farm sample submissions for improved accuracy.
Maximising Grass Utilisation
Grassland management is essential to optimise grazing quality as Grazing deficits are expected to continue. Considerations may include:
• Monitoring of sward heights to ensure target entry and residual covers are achieved
• Managing rotation lengths and stocking densities
• Tailoring buffer rations
• Setting DMI targets
• Ensuring effective energy and protein supplementation through compound feeding
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