GrassCheck Week Beginning 18-04-16
Grass growth has taken a jump this week, however, remains below average at 34 kgDM/Ha/day.  With the cool weather forecast to continue this is predicted to rise to only 41 kgDM/Ha/day over the next two weeks.  Grass quality has declined slightly with a dry matter of 15.9%, ME 11.8, Crude Protein of 19.2%, Sugars 14.2%. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here. GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.     Management notes: Although not completely dry, the weather during the past week has allowed ground conditions to improve, although they remain challenging on many farms. The...

Parasite risk at turnout difficult to predict this year
  All cattle being turned out to grass this spring will be at risk from gut and lung worms. So it’s important to have an understanding of the on-farm situation when planning control strategies.  “There is no uniform approach to parasite control and different systems, operating in different areas of the country will experience varying levels of disease risk,” says Dr Andy Forbes, COWS (Control of Worms Sustainably) technical representative and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “The weather over the winter period is an important factor that...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 11-04-16
Grass growth remains well below average at 12.3 kgDM/Ha/day.  With the cool weather forecast to continue this is predicted to rise to only 43 kgDM/Ha/day over the next two weeks.  Grass quality has improved in the last week with a dry matter of 17.5%, ME 12.2, Crude Protein of 19.3%, Sugars 16.1%. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here. GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.     Management notes: Low temperatures continue to restrict growth, with growth through early April less than half of the seasonal average. Growth is expected to remain below average through mid April...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 04-04-16
Grass growth remains well below average at 9.0 kgDM/Ha/day.  With the cool weather forecast to continue this is predicted to rise to only 32 kgDM/Ha/day over the next two weeks.  Grass quality has deteriorated with the very wet weather with a dry matter of 14.6%, ME 11.8, Crude Protein of 25.7%, Sugars 7%. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here. GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.     Management notes: Very heavy rain through the first few days of April have had a dramatic effect on ground conditions, with fields very wet again in many parts of the country.  The weather...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 28-03-16
Grass growth remains below average at 7.2 kgDM/Ha/day.  With the cool weather forecast to continue into early April this is predicted to rise to only 21 kgDM/Ha/day over the next two weeks.  Grass quality remains very good with a dry matter of 18.9%, ME 12.5, Crude Protein of 23.5%, Sugars 14.2%. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here. GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch.     Management notes: Cold temperatures continue to keep growth rates low, with growth well below the seasonal average throughout March.  Unfortunately the cold theme to the weather is forecasted to...