Grass growth has fallen over the last week to 63kgDM/Ha/day. Grass growth is predicted to remain at 63 kgDM/Ha/day during this week and rise slightly to 71kgDM/Ha/day next week.
Grass quality has improved and currently has a dry matter of 15.8%, ME 11.5, Crude Protein of 18.5%, Sugars 14.2%.
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- Growth rate has fallen to the seasonal average and is predicted to remain close to the average for the next 2 weeks.
- Quality has improved in line with the figures from previous years.
- Recent heavy rain has led to difficult grazing conditions, particularly on heavier land and in the west. Apply extended grazing techniques as conditions dictate.
- Consider buffer feeding high quality forage where grass intakes are sub-optimal.
- Keep a close eye on cow condition. Target parlour feeding to higher yielding and thinner cows. Adjust feed levels in line with grazing conditions.
- Aim to keep up with topping, (if required) and fertiliser applications for the next grazing cycle, to maintain grass quality and quantity.