Grassland Management and Utilisation
Grassland management and utilisation has become a key pillar in a profitable and sustainable beef sector. Through better use of paddock systems, grass measuring and better soil fertility, we can reduce the cost of beef production and therefore increase profitability for all suckler and beef farmers.
As in all grass based beef systems the message on grassland management is quite simple: “grow the grass over 3 weeks and graze it in 3 days”.
Spring Rotation Planner
A Spring Rotation Planner is a tool used by farmers to plan out their first grazing rotation. A plan will ensure that grass is grazed early enough to allow time for re-growth for the second rotation and to ensure grass does not run out before we start the second rotation.
Find out more here: The Spring Rotation Planner
In 2017, Teagasc launched a multi-year Grass10 campaign to promote sustainable grassland excellence on Irish livestock farms (beef, dairy and sheep). The Grass10 partners are Grassland Agro, AIB, FBD, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the Irish Farmers Journal.
The primary objective of the Grass10 Campaign is to achieve:
- 10t grass DM/ha/year utilised; and,
- 10 grazings/paddock/year.