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Maximize profit from grass: Grassland Toolkit 2017

Your latest guide to better Grassland management from Dairy Farmer, sponsored by CF Fertilisers, Krone, Nufarm, Sinclair M’gill and Volac.

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Grassland Toolkit 2017, published exclusively by Dairy Farmer and sponsored by CF Fertilisers, Krone, Nufarm, Sinclair M'gill and Volac, is an essential guide to improving your grassland management.

 

GRAZED grass remains the cheapest feed source for dairy animals. Calculations show producing a litre of milk from grazed grass, at current prices, costs 3.1p, compared to 6.6p from grass silage, 5.6p from feed barley and 9.6p from high energy concentrates.

 

With the dairy industry having experienced one of the toughest periods in living memory, concentrating efforts on maximising grassland production and quality therefore makes more sense than ever.

Improving profit from grass

As dairy prices remain low, many dairy producers are looking for ways to improve profit from from grass.

Select grass mixtures carefully

Choosing grass mixtures is all about balance, says Limagrain’s John Spence.

Is your fertiliser choice costing you money?

Farmers could be losing thousands of pounds by choosing the wrong type of fertiliser, according to new research on urea, sulphur and ammonium nitrate (AN).

Quality proves key for artisan cheesemaker

Grass quality is absolutely critical to the Calver family’s business. As artisan cheesemakers in Somerset, they produce unpasteurised cheeses including Cheddar, ricotta and Caerphilly; the taste of which is influenced by the cows’ diet.

Step-by-step silage-making

There is no silver bullet to making good quality silage – it is about attention to detail at every step of the process, as James Duggleby, marketing and product manager at Krone, reveals.

What can be learnt from last year's silage quality?

Silage quality was unexciting last year – so what lessons can farmers learn to avoid a repeat in the coming season?


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