Type: Chapter

Managing grassland for forage production: an overview

Author Deirdre Hennessy

Teagasc

Publication date:

26 July 2018

ID: 9781838796907

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Description

In temperate agriculture, grasslands play an important role in the provision of forage for livestock. Management of these grasslands is vital in order to ensure that high-quality feed is available. This chapter reviews the short-, medium- and long-term management of grasslands, including stocking rates, the day-to-day management of grazing and harvesting, planning for rotations and silage harvesting, renovation, drainage, reseeding and soil fertility improvement.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Stocking rate
3 Grazing management
4 Reseeding/sward renovation
5 Silage
6 Feeding value of grass
7 Where to look for further information
8 References