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Grassland Signals

Berrie Klein-Swormink, Bert Philipsen, Nick van Eekeren

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Grassland signals provides new insights in order to improve growth and quality of your grass, allowing for greater return from grasslands

About The Book

For many cattle breeders, grassland is the prominent feed supplier. But there are different types of grassland and sometimes the neighbour's grass actually is greener. The production and quality of crops vary strongly. What causes these differences?

Grassland signals is an unparalleled practical guide that supports farmers in making even better use of grassland. The book discusses the seasons using three basic questions: What do I see? What does this mean? What am I to do? Plants often function as an indicator; the presence of much annual meadow grass may be an indication of excessive grazing pressure.

Grassland signals provides new insights in order to improve growth and quality of your grass, allowing for greater return from grasslands.

 

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Author Berrie Klein-Swormink, Bert Philipsen, Nick van Eekeren
Availability In Print
Dimensions 23.5 x 17cm (W x H x D)
Extent 96 pages
ISBN 978-90-8740-046-0
Publication date March 2010
Book Type Softcover

Contents

Summary
1. Grass is the basis

  • How grass grows
  • Grasses
  • Clover for nitrogen
  • Changing growth
  • Feed the cycle

2. Winter Rest

  • Care with sheep
  • Moles
  • Drainage
  • Soil analysis - worth doing
  • Plan your manuring
  • Long term or temporary?
  • Crop rotation

3. The pasture awakens

  • Assessing root growth
  • Assessing plant composition
  • Criteria for re-seeding
  • Extra attention
  • White and red clover
  • Weeds and herbs
  • Starting and manuring
  • Improving utilisation
  • Artificial fertiliser
  • Grassland improvement
  • Ploughing, digging and rotary cultivation
  • Seeding

4. First cut in sight

  • Signal areas
  • Estimated yields
  • Watered-down yield
  • Take good care of new grassland
  • Meadow birds
  • Grazing systems
  • When should I turn out?
  • Rotational stocking
  • Modern set stocking
  • The first cut silage
  • The correct time to cut
  • Manure according to plan
  • Manure

5. After the first cut

  • Growth and flowering
  • Docks
  • Grasses in the flowering phase
  • Grass-clover
  • White clover
  • Red clover
  • Grazing after the first cut
  • Planning and record keeping
  • Cutting in summer
  • High fibre grass
  • Manuring during summer
  • Cow pats and urine spots
  • Irrigate or not?
  • Environmental grassland

6. Late summer

  • Preventing crown rust
  • Other fungi
  • Mice
  • Grubs
  • Examining a sod of soil
  • Improving the soil
  • To sow or not to sow
  • Mowing? Red clover!
  • Grazing? White clover!
  • Grass-clover recipes
  • Fresh white roots
  • Signal plants
  • Grazing during late summer
  • Mowing during late summer
  • Manuring in late summer
  • Weed control

7. Autumn turn to winter

  • Assessing quality
  • New grassland
  • Grazing during autumn
  • Young animals longer outside
  • Poaching
  • Mowing during autumn
  • Autumn grass-clover harvest
  • Preparing for the winter
  • Looking back


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