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BGS, RABDF, DairyCo Farm walk - David Lee - Friday, April 9, 2010

When it comes to maximising use of grazed grass, David Lee says the most important factor is the amount of residual grass cows leave behind after 12 hours in a paddock.

BGS, RABDF, DairyCo farm walk – Mat Boley - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The farm walk at Mat Boley's on March 30th attracted 240 visitors, who braved the cold wind and rain to find out how Mat has evolved the way his dairy herd is managed over the last 10 years.

He explained how no concentrates had been fed for nine years, with his focus on grazed grass and whole-crop or grass silage used to fill any gaps. This spring had been very challenging with cows calving over nine weeks from late February. Grass growth rates at our visit had only reached a very low 10kg DM/ha this year.

NI-bred grasses added to SAC list - Friday, March 26, 2010

Two new perennial ryegrasses - Moyola, an early-heading diploid variety, and Drumbo, a late-heading diploid - have been added to the new Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) Recommended List, says breeding company Barenbrug.

Moyola was bred in Northern Ireland by crossing a variety from the Royal Barenbrug Group's New Zealand breeding programme with Moy, the well-established, early-heading variety from Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

Supplementing slow growing grass - Friday, March 19, 2010

Cold days and nights have restricted early season grass growth, so much so that grazing acres are a month behind where they were last year in many areas, according to Rumenco technical manager David Thornton.

Organic forage seeds range widens - Thursday, March 18, 2010

Organic seed is now available for a more forage crop varieties from Limagain UK, including Dynamo stubble turnip, Lomond swede and Magnus forage pea, plus a wider range of organic ley mixtures.

"Dynamo is a fast growing palatable stubble turnip ready to graze within 12 - 14 weeks from sowing, with good root anchorage and reduced grazing wastage," says Limagrain's Martin Titley.

Need an NVZ grassland derogation? - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eligible farms are reminded that they have until 31 March 2010 to apply for an NVZ grassland derogation against the 170kg on-farm livestock manure nitrogen (N) limit per hectare per year.

For details call the NVZ helpline on 0845 345 1302, or if registered for online submissions you can apply at


Improving grazing in Monmouthshire - Thursday, March 11, 2010

Improve Grazing Management is the theme for two successive meetings of the Monmouthshire Grassland Society

At a meeting held at Alice Springs Golf Club on February 18th, Genus ABS grassland systems specialist, Justin Rees, gave members some sound advice on ways in which they could get more out of grazed grass. 

New Herbicide for Fodder Beet - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A herbicide designed to help fodder beet growers simplify the often-complex process of weed control is being launched for 2010 by United Phosphorous.

Triology is for post-emergence use soon after weeds germinate and works by targeting weeds with three different active ingredients, says the company's UK sales manager Richard Allen. "It also treats weeds with a robust overall dose of active ingredient, yet its specially-developed formulation shows a high degree of safety to the crop.

Options for Early Dock Control - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tackling docks can begin from late March in many grass leys destined for silage and will protect silage yields and quality, says Duncan Connabeer, technical support manager for H L Hutchinson.

"Docks are bad news in grassland as they compete for light, nutrients and moisture," explains Duncan. "Trials have shown that a 10% infestation of docks will cause 10% loss of grass; equivalent to one trailer load of silage in 10.

New Silage Baling Machinery for 2010 - Monday, March 8, 2010

Round bale wrappers added to product range

New Lely Attis trailed round bale wrappers have been added to the range for 2010, says Lely UK.

The Lely Attis  PT 130 wrapper is the simplest model in the new trailed range and has been developed for small and medium sized farms who want to wrap their bales at a modest price, says the company. And for high volume farmers and contractors who will appreciate the rugged construction and its ability to cope with different bale diameter sizes with easy adjustments there is the Lely Attis PS 160, it adds.


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