Grazing workshops to help farmers make the most of grass

Dairy farmers are encouraged to attend one of a series of workshops to help them plan their autumn grazing, boost their profits and give themselves the best possible start to the 2020 season.

Facilitated by a Pasture to Profit consultant, the nation-wide workshops will explore target autumn grass covers, flat versus steep wedges and optimising production by maximising grazing.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will create an autumn grazing plan using their own grass growth data along with previous years’ averages.

Siwan Howatson, AHDB forage and grassland dairy scientist, said: “Getting your grazing right can have a big impact on the bottom line since every additional tonne of grass grazed increases profit by £334 per hectare per year.

“Pasture management this autumn will determine grass availability and quality next year so it’s really important you start off on the right foot now.”

The workshops are aimed at anyone actively involved in rotational paddock grazing management and attendees will be offered additional support after the meeting via a dedicated WhatsApp group.

The dates and locations of the workshops are:

3 July – Lancashire

3 July – North Yorkshire

8 July – Gloucester

9 July – Monmouthshire

11 July – Cornwall

17 July – Somerset

17 July – Dorset

18 July – Cheshire

18 July – Wiltshire

18 July – Newark

19 July – Bristol

24 July – Castle Douglas

24 July – Dumfriesshire

31 July – Cornwall

31 July – Denbighshire

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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.