Grazed grass it the cheapest animal feed for meat and milk production in Ireland.
Teagasc research indicates that the current level of grass grown and utilised on dairy, beef and sheep farms can be increased significantly.
It believes that the Grass10 target of 10t DM/ha/year utilised will “support significant increases in milk and meat production”.
Here is Teagasc's five-step plan which can result in better grass utilisation on farms;
- Grazing Management - Increase the number of grazing for paddock - every extra ton of grass utilised is worth €173/ha;
- Grassland Measurement - Quantify what's growing;
- Soil Fertility - Make sure there is no limiting nutrient - fix lime first;
- Grassland Infrastructure - Improve access to grass;
- Reseeding - Perennial Ryegrass/Clover swards give higher animal performance.