Farmers urged to make best use of Spring grass and prolong the grazing season

Beef and dairy producers taking advantage of the excellent grass availability by turning youngstock out early, are being reminded to carefully balance the diet at this pivotal time.

The combination of grass availability and excellent ground conditions due to the dry Spring and rising temperatures, is encouraging producers across the country to get livestock out to the field early.

AHDB figures have consistently seen daily grass growth rates above 2018 averages. With many farmers still short of forage from the challenging conditions of 2018, it is a compelling case to turnout cattle as soon as possible. A double win in both reducing silage andconcentrate feeding costs, but also benefiting from the ‘zero price tag’ and daily gain available from grazing cattle on pasture.

“Producers are quite rightly taking advantage of the excellent conditions and high-quality grass available on so many farms right now,however they must be wary.  Turning cattle out to grass can be stressful, their diet is dramatically changed which can upset the rumen and lead to setbacks. It is important to manage the transition and mitigate cattle weight loss and falling body condition after turnout” says Dr Kenton Hart, Technical Manager at Caltech Crystalyx.

Supplementing available grass with Crystalyx Cattle Booster can significantly and economically improve animal performance – even on spring grass – as independent scientific research demonstrates.

Trial work carried out at Aberystwyth University with replacement Holstein Friesian dairy heifers turned out onto spring grass, showed animals with access to Crystalyx Cattle Booster gained 100 g/heifer/day more than control heifers on grass alone – results very similar to yearling beef heifers turned out in late April in a SAC study, where supplementation with Cattle Booster produced an extra 5 kg liveweight gain in the 45 days after turnout.

Research has also confirmed that growing heifers fed Crystalyx Cattle Booster at grass reach bulling weight approximately six weeks earlier than control heifers on grass alone. Daily liveweight gains of heifers given free access to Cattle Booster increased by 36% over the control.

Dr Hart comments “Feeding Cattle Booster will result in heifers reaching bulling weight sooner, and become pregnant earlier, especially by natural service. Research confirms a 15% increase in conception and pregnancy rates when heifers were supplemented with Cattle Booster”

Cattle Booster provides a full complement of minerals, trace elements and vitamins needed to balance the deficiencies in grass. The product is licked little and often 24 hours 7 days a week consistently balancing the deficiencies in grass.

“Crystalyx never replaces forage, it complements and balances it, so the rumen bugs digest the forage faster and with improved efficiency. This leads to improved animal performance and fertility, from whatever forage there is available.”

Visit the Crystalyx website for more information or call 016973 32592

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.