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Maximise your grass for 2019

Maximise your grass for 2019

James Bourke, Dairygold Grassland Specialist

Maximise your grass for 2019

Dairygold will run the grassland specialist service again this year across the Dairygold catchment area. The programme is a free service, which intends to improve your grassland productivity and sward weed control. Every 1 ton of grass dry matter extra eaten by your cows you increase your profit by €180 per hectare.

About the service: I will be available to offer advice and on farm support in all aspects of your grassland management, with the focus on grassland weed control of both new leys and established swards as well as reseeding. If you have an infestation of docks, which covers 10% of the surface of the field, controlling these docks can grow an extra 1 ton of grass dry matter, valued at €180. We have chemical solutions for weed control for every price range throughout our branches.

Reseeding payback: There are many benefits to reseeding your poorest performing paddocks. Reseeding boosts growth rates at the shoulders of the year by increasing sward nitrogen response by 25%, allowing quicker re-growths, and increases sward quality and feed value. An extra 3 ton of dry matter or more per year, can be grown from a new reseed, valued at €550, which in turn allows you to sustain a higher stocking rate.

Please contact me, your Area Sales Manager, Inside Sales or your local branch with any queries on grassland weed control and your reseeding options this year. I again can be contacted on 086