Grassland Management

Last modified: 
29th April 2020

 

Grass in the cheapest source of feed in a livestock enterprise. Managed grazing programmes such as rotational grazing or strip grazing can increase grass utilisation and reduce requirements for purchased concentrates.

Unfortunately, grass does not grow all year round and there are often grass deficits in the winter. By measuring grass and building up a bank of data, Farmax can be used to predict surplus and deficits of grass throughout the year, allowing the farmer to forward plan. Using this data, farmers may choose to use alternative forages such as fodder beet.

On the other hand, farmers may be able to adopt all grass wintering systems by planning for this in advance.

 

Resources

 QMS Maximising the Potential of Fodder Beet for Livestock

Theme Reports

Angus Fodder Beet – A Useful Alternative Forage Theme Report

Sutherland - Introducing Rotational Grazing Theme Report

Lothians -Fodder Beet Theme Report

Nithsdale - Strip Grazing Brassicas for Ewes Theme Report

Nithsdale -All Grass Wintering Theme Report

Jim Gibbs- Maximising the Potential of Fodder Beet

North Ayrshire - Rotational Grazing Benefits

North Ayrshire - Improving Soil Structure & Fertility

Lochaber - Rotation Grazing with Minimal Capital Investment

Shetland - Grass Utilisation/ Rotational Grazing 

Sutherland-  Drone Theme Report 

Angus - Rotational Grazing Theme Report

Nithsdale - Farmax Monitoring – Theme Report Part 1

Nithsdale - Farmax Monitoring – Theme Report Part 2

Presentations 

Grass the Low Cost Feed? Can we use it better? - Charlie Morgan GrassMaster Ltd Integrating Production and Environment

Making More from Grass -Emily Grant

Using pastures profitably Trevor Cook -Totally Vets Ltd 

Key Principles and practice of rotational grazing -Michael Blanche