GrassCheck Week Beginning 26-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has remained steady at 57kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 50kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 38kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has also remained similar to last week and currently has a dry matter of 12.6%, ME 11.2, Crude Protein of 22.3%, Sugars 7.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.     MANAGEMENT NOTES: Growing conditions have been better than forecast, with a continuing trend of above average growth rates on the GrassCheck monitor plots. However at farm level, while there...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 19-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 57kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 45kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 32kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 12.3%, ME 11.4, Crude Protein of 20.3%, Sugars 9.1%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: * Growing conditions have been favourable, so growth rates are holding up well for the time of year. However, the likelihood of unsettled weather going forward will gradually reduce growth towards...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 12-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 60kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 52kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 40kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved and currently has a dry matter of 14.7%, ME 11.7, Crude Protein of 22.1%, Sugars 9.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: Although grass growth remains higher than average, cooler, changeable weather is forecast for the next two weeks and so growth is predicted to gradually decease to around the seasonal average.  Grass...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 05-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 67kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted remain at 67kgDM/Ha/day during this week and fall to 54kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved slightly and currently has a dry matter of 13.7%, ME 11.3, Crude Protein of 19.1%, Sugars 10.0%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.       MANAGEMENT NOTES: Growth remains higher than normal, due to the current warm spell. Next week's yields are also expected to be higher than average.  With the ‘closed period’ for sowing chemical fertiliser...

AgriSearch highlights the considerable benefits of on-farm research at EAAP 2016
  AgriSearch hosted a half-day seminar at the recent EAAP (European Federation of Animal Science) conference held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.  The seminar focused on using on-farm research and the multi-actor approach to boost the effectiveness of knowledge exchange.   Amongst the speakers was Drew McConnell, Chair of AgriSearch’s Dairy Advisory Committee.  He highlighted the important role that on-farm research can play in enhancing knowledge exchange and gave examples from his own farm.  Through his involvement in an AgriSearch and Department of Agriculture co-funded on-farm heifer...