During a short visit to the Netherlands one a of the many things I picked while on this study tour ( many thanks to Effective Micro organisms for sorting this), was the fact that most of the dairy cow buildings we walked around where mainly insulated , to help control the climate in the shed. Insulation as we know does help maintain a more consistent temperature and avoid the peaks and troughs that can be apparent in un insulated sheds, resulting in condensation and interrupted air flow. In the UK to find a insulated dairy cow building is in my experience quite rare (I stand to be corrected), we do have a lot of open big spanning buildings which can have air temperatures which vary greatly over the duration of a day, we really do get excited about air flow , which is I am sure is right , but do we need to look at insulation maybe as a option I know there is a cost implication but there could be long term benefits to consider, after all the dairy farmers in the Netherlands won’t just insulate for the fun of it.
Grazing cows this year has been a dream compared with last year, some herds in this area have been grazing for 7 months plus now, unheard of last year. This week grass has been growing at 55kg/dm/ha (this is a may growth rate).
Saw some fantastic maize trials last week near Chester, many thanks to Ian and the team at Effective Micro Organisms for sorting this, the variety trials and the E28 fertiliser where really eye opening.
We had a great day looking at the merits of renovating pastures with a green master drill (see above), I will keep you posted on how the reseeded fields look in time.
Grass Growth this week appears to be holding up in the Mid 50’S Same as 10 days ago, so on average milk from grass alone worth approximately 5-6 litres, for high yielders, (some systems will be higher than this ).
Soil temperature’s still 16-18 degrees.
Grass growth on the measured grazing platforms still running around 50 Kg/DM/day for the north west (Lanc’s/Cumbria area). predictions are that grazed grass for August is worth Maintenance plus 5-6 litres of milk, so time to start readjusting dairy rations to fit this !.
Grazing grass paddock growth rates are running at approx. 35-40 Kg (July average should be 55-60 kgdm/day).The rain is going to make a difference to this al being well
The rainfall should now signal the time to start looking at reseeding and planning which fields need work on, also now is the time to look at pasture renovation as soils are warm and grass growth is slowing down a little enabling the new grass’s to establish themselves, don’t forget Agscope supplies John Watson and BSH seeds.
Current grass growth is running at between 32-64 kg /DM/Ha , in the Lancashire /South Cumbria region, it is slowing down as expected with dry weather and grass curve kicking in. It means that has a graze to graze period of approx. 30 days.
Grass Protein 22-26% , Dry Matter 20% plus, ME 11.5 , means a potential yield from all grazed grass of 16-17 litres.
Grass growth this week in the Preston Area running at approximately 74 kg/DM/day, which is down on last week, but still respectable it means a field the graze to graze period (regrowth ), is running at about 19-20 days.
Soil temperature running at 15 degrees and raising.
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Agscope was set up 10 years ago, and we have since worked with clients both in the North west and Nationally.
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