Grass growth for the last week has declined to 48kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 36kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 27kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has also improved and currently has a dry matter of 14.6%, ME 11.7, Crude Protein of 22.7%, Sugars 11.7%. 

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  • Grass growth is declining as autumn progresses, but still remains well above the seasonal average and this trend is predicted to continue over the next 2 weeks. 
  • Grass quality on the plots has improved, both in terms of ME and sugars, reflecting the better weather of late. CP is typically high at this time of year. 
  • Make the most of improving ground conditions to get swards grazed out. Start with drier fields, adopt a flexible grazing approach to minimise poaching and sward damage.
  • Once these swards are grazed out, do not re-graze, as this allows some grass to build up for early spring grazing next year.