Ticking the box for TAMS-spec meal bins
Martin Merrick
Martin Merrick outlines some of the specifications required in order to secure TAMS funding for meal bins.
What is the best value for money for slurry storage?
With a range of options available and rising costs of construction, Martin Merrick looks at where value for money lies with slurry storage.
24 May 2023 Slurry
Safety around slurry stores: the grants available and how to qualify
Not all investments require planning permission, while several areas surrounding slurry storage qualify for a 60% grant rate for all farmers.
Ever increasing pressure on slurry storage: a necessary evil
Slurry storage is something we have to get realistic about for a number of reasons.
24 May 2023 Slurry
Silage season hits drystock farms
First cut silage has begun on many drystock farms, with good reports on both yields and quality.
24 May 2023 Grass & feeding
Focus turns to sward quality and replacing nutrients
Reports from farmers have indicated that swards have started to become stemmy at medium covers.
24 May 2023 Grass & feeding
Five steps to managing swards mid-season
Swards have started to become stemmy out on some farms as the heading date for many perennial rye grass species approaches.
23 May 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: growth kicks forward another gear
While still behind the 10-year average for the time of year, grass growth rates have pushed on considerably since the start of the month.
20 May 2023 Grass & feeding
Focusing on silage quality to reduce concentrates
Following grass, silage is the cheapest source of feed on most livestock farms, and care needs to be taken to ensure we optimise its value.
NCT’ing silage pits for the upcoming season
First-cut silage has begun on some farms, but for others there’s still time to ensure silage pits are fit for purpose.
17 May 2023 Buildings
Pre-grazing yields too high for many
Strong growth is leading to excessively heavy covers being grazed, which will only further expand issues controlling grass.
17 May 2023 Grass & feeding
More mowing and not less fertiliser to control grass
Ground conditions have improved nicely with warm dry weather, which is also the root of the high growths being seen in the past week.
17 May 2023 Grass & feeding