Grass10 Newsletter - 8th February 2022
In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team introduce another farmer in the new section, The Clover Reporter, with farmer weekly reports and videos. See Paudie O'Brien's spur-roadway video. Also How to grass budget, map your farm with PastureBase, get Grass10 tips, grass growth figures and more
182nd Edition - 8th February 2022
Grass10 Weekly Tips
Ground conditions are still good throughout most of the country, however areas along the western seaboard recieved heavy rainfall over the weekend. Use "On-Off grazing" to keep animals at grass and minimise damage. Research shows that cows can get 90% of daily intake from 2 x 3 hour grass allocations. Click below to view Paudie O'Brien (heavy soils, Co. Kerry) on how he maximises grass in the diet at the shoulders of the year using the "On-Off Grazing" technique in tandem with excellent grazing infrastructure. Remember every day grazing earns a dairy farmer €2.70 per cow and earns a drystock farmer €2 per LU.
Identify your first 30% of the farm/milking platform to graze during February. Animals should start grazing in covers of 700-1000 Kg DM/ha to help condition the animals to grazing. Ideally these paddocks should have good grazing infrastructure & good access. Identify one paddock to allow grazing on a wet day (possibly a paddock to be reseeded this year)
Complete an opening Average Farm Cover on PastureBase Ireland as it helps to review over winter growth on your farms and identifys paddocks with different grass covers so you can plan grazing for spring 2022. It is also important to complete a cover on PastureBase Ireland for your 2022 derogation requirements.
Walking your farm will also tell you where areas of fencing or roadways need to be repaired or improved before the 2022 grazing season gets underway. Also have enough temporary reels and posts at the ready to strip graze and allocate grass.
Grass10 Featured Farmer
The Clover Reporter
Use a Grass Budget to plan your 1st rotation in 2022
A grass budget is a plan used to map out grazing and reach targets in order to extend grazing at the shoulders of the year. It uses information specific to your farm to allow you to monitor grass supply and allocate supplement level. In the video, Micheal O Leary from PastureBase Ireland explains how to complete a grass budget for your farm.