It is between January and March that birds are experiencing the ‘hungry gap’ and can literally starve to death. Luckily many farmers are acting to prevent this, planting thousands of acres of wild bird seed mixes right across the UK. Plants including kale, fodder raddish, ...
Temperature has a massive impact on seed germination and both grasses and clovers requite a similar temperature to start growing from seed. Soil temperatures needs to be in excess of 4°C, usually late February in southern UK, two weeks days later in the north. The optimum soil temperature for ...
Temperature, day length and the amount of sunlight all have a direct influence on how much early growth you can expect from grass leys. Species choice is also vital with early growing ryegrasses such as the hybrid and Italian types good for spring growth, as is cocksfoot. But the best for early ...
It has been announced that a new 4.1 million euro research project into forage legumes has been given the green light by the EU.  The project, 'LegumePlus', is a continuation of the EU 'Healthy Hay' project which re-evaluated the role for sainfoin, a fascinating - and underused - ...

Grazing Lucerne in Autumn with Sheep

Posted: 12th October 2011

Although lucerne is mainly used as a crop to produce hay or silage, it may in some cases be grazed in the autumn with sheep or cows. Sheep in Oxfordshire (pictured here) are being strip grazed on luxuriant growth provided by good growing conditions. It is generally advisable to allow a rest period ...

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