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YARA Grass Prix 2016

Congratulations to Drew and Margaret Wilson, Greenhead Farm, Rescobie, Forfar on winning the Yara Grass Prix competition in 2016.

The Yara competition is a challenge between leading beef and dairy farmers from the UK and Ireland competing to achieve the highest energy yield from grass. The winner is the grower with the highest value grass measured as a combination of Metabolisable Energy yield (ME per ha) and Crude Protein yield summed over the first two silage cuts.

A cumulative yield over the first two silage cuts of just over 62 T FW/ha was achieved. With a dry matter averaging 33%, this is equivalent to 21 T DM/ha. The quality was good too with ME averaging 10.4 MJ/kg and CP 16.1% this gives a cumulative energy yield of 218,699 MJ/ha and a protein yield of 3,385 kg/ha. The silage is fed to finish over 700 bought in store cattle over the winter along with home grown barley fed as a Total Mixed Ration.

The Wilsons’ secrets of success? Routine soil testing, to identify nutrient requirements; regularly re-seeding, always into a soil of pH 6.2 to 6.3; keet the drainage right, monitor compaction, and graze hard with sheep before getting them off early so the sward can increase cover again to protect it going into the winter.

‘I put down our success in the Yara Grass Prix competition partly to the quality of the grass seed mixtures supplied by Watson Seeds. The advice and support that I receive from Alex Eggo is greatly appreciated.’

Drew and Margaret Wilson, Greenhead Farm, Rescobie, Forfar