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Glanbia Monitor Farmers: Grass Growth Update

Grass Growth on GII / Teagasc Monitor farms increased in the period from December 1st to April 10th in comparison to the previous two years.

On average across the 11 Glanbia Monitor farms, grass growth was 1.77 tonnes DM/hectare in this time period. This is over 1 tonne DM/Hectare more than in the equivalent period in 2016 and over a half tonne more than in the equivalent period in 2015.

Better growth this year is due to the mild spring weather this year in comparison to 2016, early nitrogen application and an increase in soil fertility.

Spring grass grown on Teagasc GII monitor farms (1st Dec- 10 April) TonsDM/ha
    2015 2016 2017
Donal O Reilly Cork 1.20 0.62 2.06
Paddy O Gorman Tipperary 1.10 0.72 1.59
Pat Dillon Kilkenny 1.23 0.62 1.61
Brendan Phelan Kilkenny 1.10 0.62 1.61
Conor Beausang Waterford 1.50 0.57 1.63
Darren Healy Wicklow 1.45 0.63 1.58
Jamie Kealy Carlow 0.84 0.62 1.35
Peter Mongey Meath 1.45 1.27 1.70
Shane O Loughlin Kildare 1.04 0.50 2.31
Michael Doran Wexford 1.30 1.30 2.50
Martin Davin Laois 1.29 0.50 1.40
Average   1.23 0.72 1.77

 

First Published 08 May

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