It was still possible splendor in the grass…

  • It was still possible splendor in the grass…
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    In my last column four weeks ago, it seemed that we swerved and the end of the drought was in sight. But the reality is that for half of the country, we have a little leaving a drought behind.
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In my last column four weeks ago, it seemed that we swerved and the end of the drought was in sight. But the reality is that for half of the country, we have a little leaving a drought behind.

Last month there was a huge surge in planting alternative crops to such an extent that the seed stocks of these cultures were almost completely exhausted.

Thanks to the cooperation of tillage farmers across the country, these crops will help improve the shortage of feed, but it does not fully close the gap.

Other options available to farmers to address the shortage of fodder this winter are: reduction in the number or purchase additional feed.

Purchasing in food will be given to those who 30pcs feed out of trouble, but for those who more than 30pcs in short, we need to look at some level of de-stocking.

Recently, the expert Committee Joe Patton made a difference early culling fodder for the budget.

If a farmer with 80 cows shoot in August eight cows (10pcs.), this will give your food an extra month for the remaining 72 cows.

This effect is reduced by half, if culling is delayed until Dec. So the basic idea is that slaughtering should be carried out early in order to have an impact on the forage.

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Millers are under immense pressure to keep full tanks with the ingredients due to the unprecedented demand in July and August.

This demand now looks likely to continue in many areas until the following spring.

Most vendors of basic rations stretcher is designed to stretch as a grass and forage this fall. Where both the herbs and the food is not enough, these stretchers rations to be used at high speeds supplements to maximize forage we have available.

€210-230 these diets are the equivalent of paying €35 -40 average quality bales of silage. That is, if you can find someone willing to sell you such a package.

However, diet availability is more certain as the quality.

The window for planting alternative forage crops has passed, and now we have to focus our attention on growing as much grass as possible for the remaining season grass.

In table 2, shows the response to autumn nitrogen. While the rules were changed to extend the distribution season fertilizer at the end of September, it is clear that the earlier the fertilizer distribution, the better the response.

The bag may extend to 1 September will double bag spread on 30 September.

This does not mean that we do not spread fertilizer in late September, but we have to get fertilizer as early as possible.

For example, 24 units distribution of nitrogen at 30 September has the potential to grow 300kgs of dry matter per hectare, which is approximately 10 cents/kg dry matter (€100/t). It is still the cheapest feed available at present.

The last severe drought we had in this country was in 2006, when, after the rain started, we had a jump in grass growth where the nitrogen has been distributed.

The message for the next month just: there is still time to raise a significant amount of grass, this fall, but the sooner we act, the more we will grow.

Joe Keller is a consultant to the Committee, based in Newcastle West, County Limerick

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