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August 2016

Grass Watch Report - 30th August 2016

By Steve Brown 3 years ago

In the past week, grass growth rates have increased slightly to 49 kg DM/ha, this will be in part due to the recent warm and wet weather. The predicted milk yield from grazing has seen a slight drop to M+ 6.8 litres, this is due to maintained intakes with a slight reduction in grass quality. It is worth noting that the current ME value of grass is 0.6 MJ ME/kg DM lower than the 6 year average for this time of year, therefore performance may be lower than expected when compared to recent years.

Barley trial results from the Arable Event site

By Wynnstay Arable Team 3 years ago

Barley trial results from the Arable Event site

Oilseed rape drilling steps up a gear

By Wynnstay Arable Team 3 years ago

With drilling of oilseed rape crops stepping up a gear thanks to recent wet weather, farmers are having to move quickly and make any final variety decisions.

Rethinking The Role of Fibre

By Mark Price 3 years ago

Rethinking the role of fibre to improve profitability of dairy farms

Grass Watch Report - 22nd August 2016

By Steve Brown 3 years ago

The average grass growth rate has declined this week to 43kg DM/ha/day, down 8kg DM/ha/day from last week. However there are wide variations across the country reflecting the differing soil moisture availabilities, with average growth rates in the North West of 52kg DM/ha/day in comparison to the South West of 33kg DM/ha/day. The range in growth rates across the country highlights the importance of assessing the situation on individual farms to ensure that supplementary feeding is correct and objectives are achieved.

Blog of an Agronomist in North Yorkshire - 18/08/16

By Carl Taylor 3 years ago

Unfortunately, Harvest 2016 will not be the same as the bumper year 2015. Yields are generally back to normal, with some disappointments.

New winter barley surprises experienced arable grower

By Pinstone 3 years ago

Being a successful arable grower takes time, patience, and years building up knowledge. This couldn’t be truer for Roy Bowring, of Fir Tree Farm, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, who has been farming for over 65 years.

Grass Watch Report - 15th August 2016

By Steve Brown 3 years ago

The average grass growth rate has declined this week to 51kg DM/ha/day, down 8kg DM/ha/day from last week. With declining growth rates it is important to monitor grass supply carefully to identify potential deficits as early as possible. If grass growth continues to fall below 50kg DM/ha/day it will be important to adjust the rotation length accordingly, with a target of 22-23 days for a growth rate of 40 – 50kg DM/ha/day.

Humans - Are we affecting our cow’s performance?

By Will Astley 3 years ago

Many of you are probably thinking that I have gone mad, but this title speaks volumes to me. Yes you affect your cows performance by what you feed them. Yes you affect their performance by what environment you place them into. Yes you influence their performance by how you manage aspects like fertility, cleanliness etc. However, can we really influence our animal’s performance by how we behave around them? I believe the answer to this question is yes.

Cheshire dairy farmer is hoping it will be second time lucky in national grassland competition

By Pinstone 3 years ago

Richard Fryer, of Home Farm, Wincham, is hoping that it will be second time lucky, as once again he reaches the national finals for the British Grassland Society Grassland Management competition.