GrassCheck Week Beginning 05-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 67kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted remain at 67kgDM/Ha/day during this week and fall to 54kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved slightly and currently has a dry matter of 13.7%, ME 11.3, Crude Protein of 19.1%, Sugars 10.0%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.       MANAGEMENT NOTES: Growth remains higher than normal, due to the current warm spell. Next week's yields are also expected to be higher than average.  With the ‘closed period’ for sowing chemical fertiliser...

AgriSearch highlights the considerable benefits of on-farm research at EAAP 2016
  AgriSearch hosted a half-day seminar at the recent EAAP (European Federation of Animal Science) conference held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.  The seminar focused on using on-farm research and the multi-actor approach to boost the effectiveness of knowledge exchange.   Amongst the speakers was Drew McConnell, Chair of AgriSearch’s Dairy Advisory Committee.  He highlighted the important role that on-farm research can play in enhancing knowledge exchange and gave examples from his own farm.  Through his involvement in an AgriSearch and Department of Agriculture co-funded on-farm heifer...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 29-08-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 64kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted fall to 55kgDM/Ha/day during this week and to 56kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 14%, ME 10.8, Crude Protein of 19.1%, Sugars 8.9%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.       MANAGEMENT NOTES: Grass growth continues to decline as expected, but is still above the seasonal average and is likely to remain so with the current good weather.  Both ME and sugars are below average, reflecting the...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 22-08-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 65.7kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted fall to 60.6kgDM/Ha/day during this week and to 50.0kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 13.1%, ME 11.3, Crude Protein of 18.8%, Sugars 8.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.       Management notes: The impact of autumn conditions on grass production is obvious with reduced day length and lower night temperatures, meaning growth rates are expected to decline steadily over the next two...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 15-08-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 74kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted fall to 69kgDM/Ha/day during this week and to 59kg DM/Ha/day next week. Although this is still well above the seasonal average. Grass quality has improved slightly and currently has a dry matter of 14.5%, ME 11.6, Crude Protein of 19.7%, Sugars 10.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.     Management notes: Growth rates have been above average since early June and are likely to remain so until the end of August.  Continue to walk your grazing...