Dry Weather and Decreasing Grass Supply

Given the extent of the dry spell, grass growth rates are quickly declining and practically non-existent on some farms, meaning that grass supply is falling drastically behind demand. The challenge for the short term will be to stretch out grass supplies whilst maintaining dry matter intakes and fulfilling nutrient requirements using alternative feeds. Below are a number of options for feeding…

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Advice on management during dry conditions

Some milk suppliers in our area are already experiencing lower growth rates due to a lack of moisture in the soil. With the current forecast it is highly likely that this problem will deteriorate further and extend to a larger number. We must be proactive rather than reactive in order to manage the current situation as best as possible.

Action is required now to ensure that you are prepared…
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Advice On Managing With Minimum Forage

Due to a fodder shortage on many farms and the inability to get cattle to grass, higher levels of concentrate supplementation will be required to stretch any available forage stocks. Several measures need to be taken to ensure this extra supplementation conserves stocks while also avoiding any digestive upsets in animals.

  • Giving cattle a midday feed consisting of high fibre ingredients…
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