Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 published
In 2017, Teagasc launched a multi-year Grass10 campaign (four years, 2017-2020) to promote sustainable grassland excellence on Irish livestock farms (dairy, beef and sheep). The Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 now published sums up the objectives of Grass10 and the progress made in developments to date
The report outlines the Grass10 campaign objectives, as well as: Development of farmer friendly decision support tools, Developments in PastureBase Ireland (PBI), the Grass growth model, Communication channels used during the Grass10 campaign, Building capacity through training and courses, Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition and key performance indicators.
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The primary objective of the Grass10 Campaign was to utilise 10 tonnes of grass DM/ha/year using 10 grazings per paddock on grassland farms in Ireland. As well as working closely with all partners and Teagasc advisory programme, the Grass10 programme worked closely with the Grassland Science Department in Teagasc.
The continued adoption of best grazing management practices at farm level will be critical in increasing the future sustainability of grassland farming in confronting future challenges with regards to climate change, ammonia emissions and water quality. Increasing nitrogen use efficiency on grassland farms will be a major objective.
The Grass10 programme has prioritised farm practice changes:
- Grazing infrastructure; improve paddock layout, water system and farm roadways.
- Soil fertility; increase soil pH, P and K
- Reseeding; reseed poor performing paddocks
- PastureBase Ireland; increases both the number of farms and number of measurements per farm per year on PastureBase Ireland
- Grassland management skills; improve the grassland skills of farmers using Grass10 courses.
The Grass10 partners are Grassland Agro, AIB, FBD, Department Agriculture Food & the Marine and the Irish Farmers Journal.
More information on Teagasc Grass10 can be found here