Stepping up milk from forage with improved management

Attention to detailed grazing and forage conservation management is helping the Mason family's 10,300-litre organic herd in Herefordshire to take 40 per cent of total milk from forage. Farmers Guardian reports. 

Challenged to further reduce costs, Bob and Sue Mason who farm in partnership with their son, Ben, and daughter, Lucy, at Little Birch near Hereford, are confidently planning to step up to 5,000 litres from forage while continuing to maintain yield, herd health and fertility.

 

Grazed forage crops such as chicory and turnips, together with higher quality silage will help them to achieve their goal by filling the feed budget when quality seasonal grazing shortages due to the farm’s low summer rainfall.

 

Ben says: “Our objective is to run a profitable unit by maximising yield per cow from forag...

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