Grassland management can reduce production costs and improve animal performance resulting in better financial returns. But what are the benefits and how do the figures stack up?
Before (left) and after pictures showing the benefits of modern, selective herbicides.
Farmers are constantly told grass is the cheapest feed on-farm and, when managed well, will help reduce the cost of production. Growing and feeding more grass improves animal performance, leading to better financial returns. But how do those figures stack up and what are the tangible benefits?
According to Charlie Morgan, Independent grassland consultant:
Livestock farmers must cut their costs of production and become more efficient to survive. Controlling weeds in grassland is a quick and simple way of increasing output. Consider what percentage of the area is covered by weeds and what the cost of spraying versus the increased animal output/ha is, and the decision is easy. Compare this against the additional land rental needed for the same animal output. There are some really good herbicides which have had thousands of pounds invested in their development to make them safe and effective. More grass means less money spent on other feeds and a reduction of the overall environmental impact of the farming system.
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