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Glanbia / Teagasc Monitor Farmers closing covers for 2016 and opening cover for 2017

The main objectives of spring grazing management are:
1. To increase the proportion of grazed grass in the diet of the dairy cow.
2. To condition swards for subsequent grazing rotations.

To ensure maximum grass in spring, opening cover should be 900 to 1000kg DM/ha for highly stocked farms, depending on mean calving date. Aim to offer 0.8-1.0 tonne grass DM/cow from turnout to the end of the first rotation.

Graze paddocks to a low post grazing height in early spring to condition swards for subsequent grazing rotations

Monitor Farmers closing covers 2016 and opening cover 2017 kgdm/ha
  County Date Closing Cover Date Opening Cover Growth over the Winter
Patrick O'Gorman Tipperary 02/12/2016 624 17/01/2017 960 7
Patrick Dillon Kilkenny 29/11/2016 655 30/01/2017 1011 6
Conor Beausang Waterford 26/11/2016 581 26/01/2017 1194 10
Donal O'Reilly Cork 26/11/2016 610 30/01/2017 901 5
Peter Mongey Meath 25/11/2016 536 02/02/2017 974 6
Shane O'Loughlin Kildare 13/12/2016 660 30/01/2017 901 5
Martin Davin Laois 14/11/2016 701 03/02/2017 1300 7
Brendan Phelan Kilkenny/Waterford 10/11/2016 464 08/02/2017 1182 8
Michael Doran Wexford 03/12/2016 894 23/01/2017 1100 8
Darren Healy Wicklow 13/12/2016 796 09/02/2017 1134 6
Jamie Kealy Carlow 01/12/2016 614 25/01/2017 823 5
Average     650 1053 7

 

First Published 27 February 2017

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