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Spreading nitrogen and sulphur at the same time means more grass

Applying fertilisers containing nitrogen and sulphur means the grass uses nitrogen more effectively, you get more kgs of dry matter per kg of nitrogen that you apply

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Winners announced for the British Grassland Society

Grassland Farmer of the Year 2022

Dairy farmers Aled and Owain Rees, from Treclyn-Isaf Farm in Pembrokeshire, have been announced as the winners of the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2022. They run a 300-cow organic dairy herd on 105 hectares that forms part of a larger 385-hectare organic farming system.

There are a mix of spring and autumn calving cows, the majority of which are pedigree Holstein. Grass is measured weekly, and fresh grazing is allocated twice a day. The clover content of the pastures is high, at more than 40%.

A multi-cut silage system is employed. Reseeding takes place when needed on under-performing pastures, and regular aerating is carried out on both silage and grazing areas. Environmental work, including hedge laying, tree planting and the installation of solar panels has been carried out.

Runners-up

Claire Beckett, farms in partnership with her parents, in Co Down, have been announced as the runners-up. They run a 150-cow herd of pedigree Holsteins. Grass measuring is key to the system and is carried out every five to seven days following which, the grazing area required is accurately calculated and allocated using a strip grazing system with back-fencing.

Jeremy Way and Kate Lywood, who run an organic dairy herd of 320 spring calving cows - which are a mix of Friesian cross cows in West Sussex, have also been announced as runners-up. Cows are turned out to grass as soon as possible, generally mid-February, and are allocated fresh grazing after each milking. Herbal leys now cover 15% of the farm and are used for grazing, whilst silage leys are a mix of red and white clover and Italian ryegrass.

Grassland agronomy advice

The latest grassland fertiliser and nutrition advice from the Yara agronomists.

Grassland fertiliser selector

If you are not sure which grassland fertiliser to choose try using this selector to help you in the right direction.

Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraBela Axan.

YaraBela AXAN (27% N + 3.6% S) is a uniform compound granular nitrate based nitrogen and sulphur fertiliser with an N:S ratio of 7.5:1 suitable for use on grassland where nitrogen and sulphur are required but no phosphate or potassium, and where no selenium is required.

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraBela Nutri-Booster.

YaraBela NUTRI BOOSTER (25% N + 2% S, Na and Se) contains nitrogen and sulphur coupled with selenium.suitable for use on grassland where nitrogen and sulphur are required but no phosphate or potassium, together with selenium for increased animal health.

YaraBela Nutri-Booster

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Super Booster

YaraMila SUPER BOOSTER (25-2.2-4.2 + 2% S and Se) is a compound prilled NPKS fertiliser containing sodium selenate for use on grassland to supplement selenium levels where nitrogen, phosphate, potassium and sulphur are all required together with selenium to improve livestock health.

YaraMila Super Booster

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Silage Booster.

YaraMila SILAGE BOOSTER (20-2-12 + 3% S and Se) is a granular compound NPKS fertiliser for use on grassland to supplement selenium levels whilst replacing the large amount of potash removed after silage. Ideal for re-starting the regeneration of the sward after cutting with nitrogen, potash and phosphate together with selenium to improve livestock health.

YaraMila Silage Booster

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Sulphur Cut

YaraMila SULPHUR CUT (22-1.7-11.6 + 3%S) is a compound NPKS grassland fertiliser ideal for replacing the large amount of potash removed after silage whilst kick starting the regeneration of the grass plants with nitrogen together with sulphur and phosphate, when selenium is not needed.

YaraMila SULPHUR CUT

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Extragrass

YaraMila EXTRAGRASS (27-2.2-4.2 + 2.4% S) is a compound granular NPKS fertiliser ideally suited to little and often application for Spring/Summer application to grassland for index maintenance and high recovery growth rates. With Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash and Sulphur in every granule this product give the maximum return in investment by supplying the crop with all the nutrients it requires.

YaraMila Extragrass

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila New 18's + S.

YaraMila NEW 18’s + S (18-6-11 + 3%S) is a compound NPKS fertiliser recommended for early Spring grazing application or paddocks with lower P&K indexes. By frontloading grazing ground with high P & K levels this will improve soil fertility and ensure that you maximise grass growth over the entire season. 

YaraMila New 18's + S

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Zero P Sward.

YaraMila ZERO P SWARD (26-0-5 + 4% S) is an NK plus S fertiliser used where no phosphate is required and where some potash is required in the grazing system.

YaraMila Zero P Sward

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Based on the information you have given the best choice of fertiliser would be YaraMila Zero P Cut.

YaraMila ZERO P CUT (24-0-10 + 2% S) is a compound fertiliser supplying nitrogen potash and sulphur, often used after first cut silage where no phosphate is required.

YaraMila Zero P Cut

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