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Grass10 Newsletter - 27th October 2021

In the latest Grass10 newsletter PastureBase Ireland data for the week for both Dairy & Beef and Sheep farms, plus Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model. Picking your paddocks to graze in the final grazing rotation and farmer updates.

View newsletter here 170th Edition Grass10 Newsletter 26-10-21 (PDF)

Grass10 Grazing Tips for the week:

  • Continue to walk your farm weekly to monitor Average Farm Cover (AFC) vs. Grass Budget. Use the Autumn Rota-tion Planner to plan out the remainder of your grazing this year. Heavy soils should have between 70-80% of their grazing area closed this week & dry farms between 60 & 70% closed by the 1st November.
  • Do NOT let AFC drop below 500 kg DM/ha. This is detrimental for grass growth on the farm. Remember grass grows grass. If AFC is below 500 kg DM/ha now, house animals immediately. Walk the farm again in 2-3 weeks to decide if another paddock should be grazed. Don’t start spring on the back foot by continuing to graze now.
  • Heavy rainfall, mainly in the north & west, is making grazing conditions difficult. What can we do to maintain grass in the diet? Revert to our Spring grazing rules, on– off grazing for 3 hours, medium covers of 1300-1600 Kg DM/Ha and backfence animals (do not let back across grazed ground to avoid damage)

Also in this week’s newsletter: 

Farmer update

Tipperary dairy farmer Brendan Phelan gives an update on the grass situation on his farm including the Autumn Rotation Planner. He is aiming to graze until about 20th of November.

Pasturebase update

View the grass growth rates over the last week and what is predicted for the coming week

Update from David Brady Co. Cavan, Heavy Soils Category Winner in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 

David started closing paddocks on the 25th September and his target was to have 75% closed by the 23rd Oc-tober and the final 25% of grazing would bring him to the end of the 1st week of November.