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Maximising Days at Grass this Autumn Using the Pasturebase Grass Budget

As we enter August, our focus turns to autumn grass management on farms. Join Micheal O'Leary, Pasturebase Ireland and Donal Patton, Teagasc Specialist on Wednesday, 12 August at 8pm for a live interactive discussion on how to best use the Pasturebase Autumn Grazing Budget to maximise days at grass.

What is the goal for autumn grazing management?

  1. To increase the number of days at grass and drive animal performance from grass.
  2. Set the farm up during the final rotation to grow grass over the winter and provide grass for the following spring.

Every extra day at grass in the autumn is worth €1.80 per livestock unit and every day at grass in the spring is worth €2.70 per livestock unit, so the cost savings by managing grass correctly on Irish farms is huge.

A key tool to help map out autumn grazing on your farm is the Pasturebase Grass Budget. A grass budget is a plan for grass supply based on expected growth and animal requirements during the “feed expensive months”.

Next Wednesday 12th August at 8pm, Pasturebase Ireland’s Micheal O’Leary and Teagasc Specialist Donal Patton will discuss the Grass Budget along with a guest dairy farmer.

Topics for discussion include:

  • What is a grass budget?
  • What are the benefits to a farmer of completing a grass budget.
  • How to complete a grass budget and use it on your farm throughout the autumn.