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Average Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 12/10/2016

Posted: 14 Oct 2016

Growth rate has reduced to meet demand on most farms

Growth rates across the country have reduced to 43 kg DM/ha per day. Drier weather has improved grazing conditions with long range forecast for next week also looking dry. All farms should be closing paddocks now for next spring. Aim to have at 60% of the farm grazed for the final time by the 1st November, with the remainder of the farm grazed by December. This will ensure sufficient grass on the farm to turn out animals early next spring. Grazing out paddocks tight at closing will ensure the highest possible quality grass is available to animals next spring and will encourage tillering over winter. With soil traffic ability improving across the country and animals on a long grazing rotation, now is an ideal time to get lime out on paddocks that have tested low for pH. Lime is the most important and cheapest nutrient.