Welsh Dairy Supply Chain - Value of grass

Published 17 July 14

The purpose of the Grass Value project was to identify best practice from high performing farms, to be able to recommend methods for improving grassland management and utilisation on dairy farms across Wales. The weather conditions encountered in each of the three years were very different and at times challenging. For the project, this proved beneficial as it allowed the monitoring of grass growth and utilisation to be evaluated against management practices in different growing conditions.    

The 12 project farms were selected from all the main milk producing areas in Wales, with a focus on producers that were keen to make good use of quality grass. The farms covered a range of rainfall and soil types and included a mixture of Spring and Autumn calving herds and two organic herds.