Adopting grazing for suckler cows- new grazing techniques

Description

  • Grazing management system
  • Adopting grazing for suckler cows- new grazing techniques
  • Increasing soil fertility, improving grazing infrastructure
  • Growing more grass, increasing output/ha
  • Reduce costs, increase output
  • Soil testing
  • Producing more beef from grass
  • Economic results
  • Open minded approach
  • Advisor, discussion groups
  • Pasturebase- grasshopper

Reason for the innovation

  • Produce more beef from grass
  • PastureBase- grasshopper
  • Increasing soil fertility
  • Improving grazing infrastructure

Farm description

Environment

  • Soil type: Peat
  • Climate type: Temperate oceanic climate
  • Agricultural area (ha UAA): 50
  • Altitude: Variation across the farm (350m)
  • Slope: Variation across farm (Approx 40%)

Grassland management

  • Grazing: Yes
  • Grazing management type: Rotational grazing

Structure

  • Farm type: Specialist cattle-mainly rearing
  • Annual work units (AWU): 1.5
  • Number of animals (heads): 60 cows, 14-16 heifers, 16 month bulls
  • Total Livestock unit (LU): 120
  • Breed type 1: Angus, Simmental, Salar, Fleckviegh, Limosuene etc.

Animal performance

  • Average stocking rate (grassland area) (LU/ha): 2.4
  • Average growth performance per head (kg LWG/day): 1.5kg
  • Length of grazing period (month/year): 285
  • Fertilization rate (kg N/ha): 160

Why it is working

  • Increasing soil fertility, improving grazing infrastructure
  • Growing more grass, increasing output/ha
  • Reduce costs, increase output
  • Soil testing
  • Producing more beef from grass
  • Economic results
  • Open minded approach
  • Advisor, discussion groups
  • PastureBase- grasshopper

Additional information

Farming system

conventional farming

Domains of innovation

animal type (breed), forage mixture, grazing management system, legume management – Perennial legumes

Main types of animal

beef cattle

Country

Ireland

Product type

Farmer portrait

Language

English

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