GrassCheck Week Beginning 27-06-16
Grass growth has fallen considerably over the last week to 79kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall further to 58 kgDM/Ha/day during this week and to 51kgDM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved and currently has a dry matter of 15%, ME 11.2, Crude Protein of 18.5%, Sugars 12.5%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.         Management Notes: Grass growth is currently well above the seasonal average, but is predicted to fall over the next two weeks, due to anticipated lower temperatures. Grass quality on the plots has improved, with higher ME content and also...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 13-06-16
Grass growth has fallen considerably over the last week to 67kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to increase slightly to 78 kgDM/Ha/day during this week with a slight fall back and to 74kgDM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly with a dry matter of 13.8%, ME 10.9, Crude Protein of 18.5%, Sugars 9.4%.  The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.       MANAGEMENT NOTES Grass growth at both sites has fallen markedly over the past week, but there was wide variation in growth between the two sites, as soil type and moisture...

AgriSearch is issuing an invitation to tender for an economic appraisal of impact and return to farmer levy payers of AgriSearch's research programme over the last 20 years. The objective of this project is to determine the economic and non-monetary benefits of AgriSearch’s research projects and related activities to the Northern Ireland ruminant livestock sector and in particular the return to farmers on the levy funds they have contributed. AgriSearch (The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) is an independent charity incorporated as a company limited by...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 30-05-16
Grass growth has eased back slightly from the seasonal peak in the last week to 103kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted continue to rise to a fall to 85 kgDM/Ha/day during this week with a slight fall back and to 83kgDM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly with a dry matter of 14.5%, ME 11.2, Crude Protein of 18.5%, Sugars 12.0%.  The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch   MANAGEMENT NOTES Grass growth has reached its peak and is now declining, albeit growth rates are well above average for the time of year, as the graph...

Andrew's Final GrassCheck
GrassCheck is AgriSearch's longest running programme having started in 1999. For over ten years the bulletins have been prepared by Dr Andrew Dale. This week's GrassCheck bulletin is his final one as at the end of this week he is returning home to work full time on his family dairy farm near Limavady. We would like to thank Andrew for all his work on GrassCheck and a wide range of other AgriSearch co-funded projects.  Coming from a family farm Andrew has been excellent at effectively  communicating research findings to farmers, as well as being a very conscientious scientist.  We wish...