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