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 >20 mm average rainfall recorded on Scottish farms this week has made a big difference to grass growth rates, with the regional average of 52.0 kg DM/ha/d up by 18.3 kg in the last 7 days.
  • The rainfall volumes recorded elsewhere have not been enough to improve the very dry soil conditions, and growth has only seen a minimal (+1-4 kg) increase in NE and Wales, with no change in SE.
  • Where 1st cuts are in, consider spreading slurry with a dribble bar or trailing shoe instead of a splashplate. This will reduce N losses as ammonia emissions from volatilisation in the warm weather.