Balancing grass production and animal health

Balancing grass production and animal health

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A free 20 page guide from K+S UK & Eire, which takes into account new RB 209 recommendations, is now available to help balance grass productivity with animal health.

According to the company's technical manager, Jerry McHoul, UK fertiliser use surveys suggest that a large number of farmers are failing to adequately meet grassland needs. "It appears as if almost half of those managing grassland for stock, for example, don't apply sufficient potash for maximum yield with the result that soil reserves are being depleted," he says. 

"One explanation appears to be that farmers are worried about applying potash fearing that they may trigger metabolic disorders such as grass staggers in stock." 

However, Jerry explains that lack of sodium in soils and therefore grass is an important contributory factor and that by applying potash in mixture with sodium and magnesium, the risk of such disorders caused by an imbalance of minerals can be minimised.

"There is also a general lack of focus on nutrition for grass with the emphasis seemingly always on nitrogen," he adds.

Jerry says that the new guide not only focuses on maximising yield from grass, but also on quality of

Copies of the Grassland Fertiliser Guide are available from K+S UK & Eire on Freephone 0800 0322480 or e-mail info@ks-ukeire.co.uk

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