Scotland’s climate is well suited to growing grass. However, it’s not just about the quantity of grass we can grow here - quality is also fundamental to maximising its value for livestock. Understanding how to maximise both quality and quantity is key to turning grass, our cheapest and best feed, into meat.
Well managed grazed grassland can help:
- Reduce input costs, particularly purchased feed
- Improve livestock performance
- Increase livestock output
- Ensure fertiliser and manure is efficiently utilised
- Reduce the number of days stock are housed
The better you can use a pasture, the more you can make from it.
Grazing fields at the right time, at the right height, with the right amount of stock, is the key to making the most from grass. It’s a balance between yield and utilisation. Giving grass a period of rest, by moving stock to another field, can improve yields by around 20%. Increasing the grazing pressure can increase the amount of high quality grass that is utilised, thus maximising stock performance.
QMS have set up six Grazing Groups across the country to look at making more from grass. The groups are running for three years and started in Summer 2014. You can find out more about the host farms below.