Grass Finally Moving
It is probably a month behind schedule, but the grass is now motoring along. On the Sainsbury sheep farm trial fields, we have had growths on individual fields from 20Kgs/DM/Day to 200Kgs/DM/Day (I have never seen this before, it was only one paddock). As a result there have been some very encouraging lamb growth figures with a number of farms achieving over 300g/day at an eight week weighing.
With every aspect of livestock farming in the doldrums and the uncertainty over the EU referendum, it has never been more important to focus on improving your grassland management, and more importantly your soil management. Things will not work efficiently above the ground if they aren’t working properly below the ground. Remember there is only one type of farmer – A SOIL FARMER!!!
There is a common myth that grass is your cheapest feed, it isn’t. Quality grass is your cheapest feed. Lots of dairy farmers see a drop in milk production and quality after turning out, lots of beef and sheep farmers routinely creep feed their lambs/calves, because they cant get acceptable results from their grass, there is only one reason for this and it is simply because the grass these animals are being offered is not of high enough quality to get the desired results.
I sample lots of grass that is hovering around 10ME, this will never give you decent animal performance. I also sample on lots of farms where the quality never dips below 11.5ME these farms get very good animal performance. It is quite simple, if you want quality animal performance you need to feed Quality Feed.