“We need to be even more efficient and utilise grass as it is still the relatively cheapest energy /feed source, not to mention the environmentally better option”
For me the quality of silage is another vital element for healthy cattle. We make it early in the season (timing is key) to ensure that we get top quality, leafy, palatable silage. We have mixed land across the farm, with some dry and other areas heavier, so parts of the farm benefit from wetter weather, while others suit drier (almost drought-like) conditions. We take soil samples regularly; our index levels are optimal, and our Ph levels are improving through a lime spreading programme that we are currently implementing.