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Grass 10 Newsletter - 21st February 2023

This week's edition of the Grass 10 newsletter features PastureBase Ireland data, predicted growth, soil temperatures and rainfall levels and the weekly Grass10 checklist.

PastureBase data

Graphic of PastureBase Ireland data

Predicted rainfall

Graphic showing predicted rainfall levels

Counties map showing predicted rainfall (mm) for the next 7 days from farms involved in the MoSt grass growth model (78 farms).

Grass growth predictions

Graphic showing grass growth predictions

Counties map showing predicted grass growth over the next 7 days from farms involved in the MoSt grass growth model (78 farms).

Average soil temperatures

Graphic showing average soil temperatures

Counties map showing average soil temperatures for the next 7 days.

Grass 10 Weekly Checklist

Graphic showing the Grass 10 weekly checklist

Second grass cover required to monitor grazing progress

  • Target 30% to graze during February and be flexible;
  • Target medium grass covers 700-1200kg DM/Ha;
  • Target reseeded paddocks with ability to recover fast for the second rotation.

 Use the grazing calculator on PastureBase Ireland

  • Open app, select 'cover data' and 'grazing calculator' to help you to allocate grass.

 Have you N and slurry applied?

 Apply lime now

  • Take advantage of excellent ground conditions to apply lime to paddocks with a requirement;
  • One lorry load of lime – 10 acres to spread (2T per acre).

Grass 10 Featured Farmer

Tim Feeney, who operates a spring-calving dairy system in Athenry, Co. Galway, is this week's Grass 10 Featured Farmer.

Graphic showing the key grass metrics on Tim Feeney's farm

 For more information on the Grass 10 Campaign and to subscribe to the newsletter, click here.