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

  • Grass growth rates are currently 20.8 kg DM/ha/d and some farms are still taking advantage of some warmer weather and good grazing conditions. Others have now housed stock as grass growth slows, and with cooler weather forecast, grass growth is expected to fall significantly in the next few weeks, therefore this will be our final bulletin for 2020.
  • The cool and wet spring, and significant soil moisture deficit in April and May this year means grass DM yields are on average 9.5t DM/ha to-date, -1.4t from 2019. Excellent autumn grass growth saw Welsh farms recording the highest average yields this year of 10.6t DM/ha, followed by SE (9.1t), Scotland (8.6t) and NE (8.4t).
  • Thank you for following our updates this year, we look forward to seeing you again in spring 2021!