Forage for Knowledge

Published 17 October 14

All dairy farmers across Britain rely on high quality forages as their basis for profitable milk production.

With forages playing such a crucial role, DairyCo brings the latest information about the production and utilisation of high quality forages, direct to your computer via the website and fortnightly email update.

As part of the project we will be following 12 farmers across GB as they aim to supply high quality grazing consistently over the season. Grass growth and analysis figures, with comment, will be published on the latest results page on a weekly basis and in the Forage for Knowledge e-newsletter on a fortnightly basis.


Latest measurements

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Sign up to receive the Forage for Knowledge e-newsletter, which will be emailed to you fortnightly across the grazing season. The newsletter will link to the latest grassland measurements, topical technical hints to help you get the best from your grass and other forages and will let you know about grassland events in your area. 

Why measuring grass growth helps

Grazed grass is the cheapest feed on most British dairy farms, yet it is also the most poorly utilised. Whether grazed or fed as silage, grass provides over half the dry matter intake of most dairy cows. Measuring grass growth helps to demonstrate the true potential of grazed grass if managed well. This can be measured using a rising plate meter.

DairyCo figures consistently show that forage utilisation is a huge profit driver across the board. Making and using good quality forage makes sense what ever farming system you practise. 

It’s only through regular monitoring of quality and quantity that you can make the most out of grazing, and it is probably worth more to your business than you think.

The farmers contributing their grass growth and analysis information in our Forage for Knowledge programme have a range of production systems but are all aiming to achieve maximum potential from their grass. By regularly publishing their measurements of Grass growth, (GG) and analysis of Dry matter (DM), Metabolic energy (ME) and Crude Protein (CP) we will show you how these farms manage their grass to maximise utilisation and in turn profit.

The farms selected for the project come from across the country and bring a range of experiences, but are all examples of excellent grassland management. This year they have been joined by Paul Richards in Cornwall, Jill Bathgate in Mid-Lothian, Phil Feeney in Cheshire and Nick Haines in Shropshire.

Sign up to receive the Forage for Knowledge e-newsletter, which will be emailed to you fortnightly across the forage production season. The newsletter will link to the latest grassland measurements, topical technical information to help you get the best from all forages, and will let you know about relevant events in your area.