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Potential Milk from Grass Falling.

Wetter grazing conditions have reduced the dry matter content of grass by almost 1% in the last week. 16% dry matter grazing plus shorter day-length plus more spoilage on pastures that have been grazed regularly this season, means that cows are not getting as much milk from grass as they were. Trouw Nutrition now estimate that cows are

Grass Growth and Milk Production Continues to Decline.

Average grass growth rates continue to decline and have dropped to 61kg DM/ha per day. This is around 25% lower than the same week last year. At current growth rates, paddock rotation should be extended to 20/21 days.

Trouw Nutrition report in their weekly milk from grass figures that, on average, grazing will only support M+11 litres.

Northumberland’s Monday Club named finalists in Community Hero Competition

Local organisation The Monday Club has been named as a finalist in the STIHL Local Community Heroes Competition, winning a STIHL cordless brush cutter with battery and charger worth over £500

The competition looks to recognise and reward those people that have given back to their neighborhoods in the form of landscaping, gardening, clearing or cultivating.

Raw Material Market Update

As predicted the decision to leave the EU has unsettled the financial markets with the main impact being on exchange rates. Over the last ten days we have seen a decline of around 10% in the value of Sterling against the dollar and Euro.

Other events will cloud the picture with yield predictions, weather forecasts, demand

Small drop in Grass Growth

Last week saw a small drop in grass growth rates, down to 70kg DM/ha/day. The latest weekly milk from grass data, produced by Trouw Nutrition, also showed that wet weather in parts of the country has reduced the average dry matter to 15.6%. Wet grass leads to lower dry matter intakes by cows and, taking into account

Beef producers wanted for clamp silage project

Beef producers in England have been invited to get involved with an AHDB Beef and Lamb funded project on silage quality.

The project is looking for 20 beef producers to have their silage clamps assessed through next winter. The aim is to understand which practices, from clamping to feeding out have the biggest impact on quality.

Don’t leave second cut too late.

In the last week, we have been getting many phone calls about when to take second silage. The grass seems to be heading sooner relative to first cut than we would normally expect. Most farmers typically wait 6 weeks before taking second cut, or 5 weeks for those looking to produce very high D Value silage. This

Grass growth lifts but Milk from Grass Falls.

Humid weather and rain has seen grass growth lift to an average of 71kg DM/ha/day according to the latest weekly milk from grass figures produced by Trouw Nutrition.

The grass is wetter with a typical dry matter content of 16.4%. This reduces the daily potential dry matter intake for dairy cows and so it is calculated

Growing Grass for Anaerobic Digesters?

Predictions are that energy production from anaerobic digestion will double between now and 2020.

Barenbrug are undertaking a two year trial to assess the suitability of different grass varieties and mixtures for use in anaerobic digestion plants.

The trial plots were established in the autumn of 2014 and will run for two years. Plots of straight

Grass Growth Rates Fall

The latest weekly milk from grass figures, produced by Trouw Nutrition, show that grass growth rates fell to 65kg DM/ha last week. A fortnight ago they were at 100kg. Despite this most areas still have good grass availability and the average potential milk from grass is still around 15 litres per day.

Typical grass analysis is 18.6%