Grass seed will cost more in 2012

Grass seed will cost more in 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

UK farmers will be paying up to 50% more for their grass seed in 2012 compared with 2011, due to short supply and increased Europe-wide demand, says DLF Trifolium.

The company believes this should not put farmers off reseeding or renovating pastures that are underperforming, as the investment is definitely still worthwhile.

“A £20 rise in the cost of an acre of grass seed adds just 82p to the cost of producing one tonne of grass dry matter,” explains Tim Kerridge, agricultural sales director at DLF Trifolium.

“However, a 20% fall in grass yield due to tired, worn out pasture could reduce milk output from grass by more than 50%. This is because cows take energy from what they eat to maintain themselves first, before diverting whatever is left into milk production. This has significant cost implications, way above the increase in the price of grass seed.

“There will be grass seed to buy this spring, but we would encourage farmers to order early to secure best available varieties.”

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