Agriculture - Combinable Crops, Grass Seeds, Maize & Fodder Crops, Agri Chemicals

Dairy Farm Growth Rate from PastureBase Ireland for the week ending 10/08/2016

Posted: 11 Aug 2016

Growth rate are beginning to moderate at 67 kg DM/ha/day. Growth rate is still high, but getting closer to last year’s figures as day length shortens. A farmer we talked to this week told us of his surprise in taking out surplus bales so late in the season. Temperatures in the morning and evening are getting noticeably colder in the last few days. Growth rates are likely to continue on a downwards trend from now on. Full focus now should be on building autumn covers. Building grass now will maximize the amount of grass in animals diet later in the Autumn. Rotation length should now be getting close to 25 days.

Rotation length (Days) = Area grazed per day ÷ Total grazing area available