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Feed, Fertiliser, Fodder & Fuel: the Steps Farmers Can Take in the Weeks Ahead

Following the National Fodder and Food Security Committee meeting last week, Teagasc Head of Drystock, Pearse Kelly, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge with an insight into the steps farmers can take in the coming weeks.

With the current cost of fertiliser, farmers are questioning what to do and Pearse advises to apply fertiliser requirements to grow the silage crops for first cut silage.

When farmers are applying fertiliser to grazing ground they should consider the impact that lower fertiliser rates will have such as less surplus bales.

Increasing utilisation of grass is key to maximising weight gain and reduce concentrates. Increasing the number of paddocks to ensure stock move every 3-4 days while reducing the number of grazing groups to allow this is essential.

With the current beef market, Pearse suggests that it is an ideal time to sell late calling cows and poorer performing cows and keep replacement heifers in their place.

With increased number of cattle coming on sale in the second half of the year, prices are currently strong.

He also says now is the time to plan ahead and to take action to reduce stress and concerns. There is help available. Talk to your Teagasc advisor, merchant and financial institution as they are available to help you ease concerns and make a plan.

Further information

Starting grazing – walk your farm: Walk your Farm – It will make decision making easier!

The 5 minute cash flow: Reviewing finances with a 5 minute cashflow

Find a Teagasc advisor: Contact your local Teagasc office here

For more episodes from the Beef Edge, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thebeefedge 

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