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

  • Overall, grass growth rates have risen by >11 kg DM/ha/d this week to an av. of 61.4 kg DM/ha/d, but across the country there is

    large variation in both grass growth rates and weather conditions.

  • Temperatures as high as 33.8 °C were recorded on GrassCheckGB farms in the south of England last week, and after minimal rainfall, average soil moisture readings have increased to 103.9 cb here. Where soils are dry, grass growth is being significantly restricted.

  • Grass quality is currently good, and where growth rates are high stock should perform well from grazing alone. However, if low growth rates are compromising grass availability then supplementary feeding for finishing stock can be beneficial. A low protein concentrate (eg: mineralised barley) could be sufficient.