HROC (agency) - Kubota
Farminguk
30 June 2016 | Online since 2003
Less co2 Limited


31 July 2014 02:13:53|

Financial impact of poor grassland management revealed


Figures calculated by Barenbrug UK – a leading supplier of agricultural grass – reveal that farmers who are not reseeding their grassland regularly could be losing out by as much as a tonne of lamb production per hectare.
The numbers – highlighted by Barenbrug to coincide with the start of NSA Sheep in Malvern – show the negative financial impact poor grassland can have on a farming business on a year-by-year basis.
Building on figures originally released by Dairyco, Barenbrug has developed a table that demonstrates the cost of an old grass sward in terms of lost energy and lower yields. The calculations show that:
· Over a seven year period, the yield of a hybrid / perennial ley that is not reseeded will drop from 13 tonnes of DM/ha to just seven
· With grass dry matter valued at £100/t this is a production loss of £600 per hectare
· Keeping your grass young and vibrant, can add up to 300kg of meat yield (the equivalent of seven more lambs reared per hectare) – a deadweight gain of more than £1400[2].
James Ingles, Head of Agriculture at Barenbrug UK, said: “There are always compelling reasons to invest in your grass and treat it like any other crop, but these numbers will really hit home with farmers. The figures clearly show that if you don’t reseed your fields on a regular basis the impact on performance and farm finances can be quite dramatic.”
“Our goal is to help farmers get more output, ultimately more meat from grass – the most economical source of feed for livestock. By reseeding with mixtures that use the best-recommended varieties, such as Seagoe and Drumbo, producers can reap the benefits of a new sward. The additional yield and quality of the varieties will also give more lamb production when compared to the average recommended variety.”

Download



0 Comment


Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Ireland | 29 June 2016
Hogan backs new support package for dairy sector

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has given farm ministers assurances that he will bring in a second emergency scheme for dairy farmers by July. "Despite the extensive range of measures taken ove...


Ireland | 29 June 2016
Beef sector will bear brunt of Brexit impact

The uncertainty over the Brexit move has seen up to 10c/kg wiped off cattle prices at the factories - and over €100/hd ringside - with concerns raised over Ireland's €2bn meat exports to the UK. Ra...


Mexico | 29 June 2016
Beef industry celebrates 'symbolic' re-opening of Mexican market

Mexico will fully re-open its market to Canadian beef imports on Oct. 1, offering Canada's farmers valuable new customers for their mature cattle this fall. The resumption of full trade in beef was...


USA | 29 June 2016
Well cared-for livestock produce more milk and meat - US academic

United States academic Temple Grandin says good animal welfare results in better farming production. She talks about animal welfare with Jill Galloway. Professor Temple Grandin ​ believes that heif...


Netherlands | 29 June 2016
Farmers say June storms have devastated crops, farm buildings

Farmers in the south east of the Netherlands say June’s storms have caused up to €500m worth of damage to crops this year and are calling on the government to declare a national emergency. That wo...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale

PropertyLocation
PropertyAgent
PropertyMinimumPrice
PropertyMaximumPrice
PropertyCategory

Holiday Rentals search

AccommodationKeyword
AccommodationType
AccommodationCounty
AccommodationStarRating


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password