GrassCheckGB is a grass monitoring project involving 50 dairy, beef and sheep farms.

Growth and quality data will be published weekly throughout the growing season.

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Management Notes

  • The average dairy farm growth rate is as expected for this time of year (49.3 kg DM/ha). On beef and sheep farms growth has picked up over the last week, but remains below the long-term average (42.5 vs 49.8 kg DM/ha).
  • Grass quality remains good, with average ME 11.3 and DM 19.2%. In good conditions high intakes will be achievable.
  • With fair weather forecast for the next week, make the most of good ground conditions for any autumn slurry applications. Slurry is a valuable source of N, P and K to support grass growth, and in good conditions a good growth response should be seen. Be sure to check NVZ rules for your farm first (for most, the closed period begins 15th Oct).