Good quality grazed grassland is the cheapest feed for ruminant livestock and is the base upon which profitable farming is built. Over 70% of utilisable agricultural land in the UK is grassland with nearly 57% given over as permanent pasture.
The UK has the ideal climate for growing grass. Ryegrass grows best at between 5°C to 25°C – and most of the UK is between these temperatures 95% of the time.
Like all other crops, growing grass requires careful management to maximise yields and utilisation. It is a science – but a relatively simple one to grasp once you have a basic understanding of plant as well as animal physiology and good soil management techniques.
Armed with information about how grass grows and the different species and management techniques available, it is easy for farmers to make informed choices about what kind of grass to grow; when to sow it; when to graze it; how long to graze it for; and what to do to ensure its performance long-term.
TREAT YOUR GRASSLAND LIKE AN ARABLE CROP