Zero Grazing

rdr123

Member
Location
Cornwall
We're looking at possibly starting zero grazing again and due to only having 1 tractor and no front linkage/PTO we would buy a zero grazing forage wagon with a mower infront of the pickup.

Does anyone have any experience with these and know how good a job they do? After looking online it seems that the Grass Tech and Bonino machines are the most common in the UK with a few second hand ones available.

Thanks.
 

Bald Rick

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
Just bought this

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If it saves one load of cake, it pays for itself outright

And before anyone starts blowing, don’t have the field infrastructure to graze
 

Suckndiesel

Member
Location
Newtownards
We're looking at possibly starting zero grazing again and due to only having 1 tractor and no front linkage/PTO we would buy a zero grazing forage wagon with a mower infront of the pickup.

Does anyone have any experience with these and know how good a job they do? After looking online it seems that the Grass Tech and Bonino machines are the most common in the UK with a few second hand ones available.

Thanks.
How many cows are you planning to cut for ? Had an ab80 then changed to a zg100, night and day difference between the 2 machines but it all depends how much you’re planning to cut to what machine would do you.
 

rdr123

Member
Location
Cornwall
How many cows are you planning to cut for ? Had an ab80 then changed to a zg100, night and day difference between the 2 machines but it all depends how much you’re planning to cut to what machine would do you.
120 milkers, got some steepish ground as well so ideally nothing stupidly big
 
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pappuller

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
M6 Hard shoulder
120 milkers, got some sheepish ground as well so ideally nothing stupidly big
Are your cows housed or do they graze/loaf ?
We tried zero grazing for 4 yrs, love feeding the grass to the cows but we could just never get it right, cows were always dirty and didn't maintain condition.
Its another job to do especially if you are still planning on feeding silage/maize etc.
We had a bonino ag80 which was fine but in an ideal world I would have a machine without a conveyor as they don't particularly like wet grass.
 
Just bought this

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If it saves one load of cake, it pays for itself outright

And before anyone starts blowing, don’t have the field infrastructure to graze
Whats the plan going foward? You've run out of silage in march, after an exceptional growing year 2021. How will you build stocks when your going to need 300 acres in front of this machine to keep you going until June?
 

Bald Rick

Moderator
Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
Whats the plan going foward? You've run out of silage in march, after an exceptional growing year 2021. How will you build stocks when your going to need 300 acres in front of this machine to keep you going until June?

Actually it wasn't a particularly good growing year for grass last year. Prolonged drought after 1st cut sent subsequent cuts to head pdq so to try and retain some quality, cuts were light and ran the risk of high residual N.
Plenty of maize though

The idea is to ZG highs only due to time from now until land is not fit to travel. Cut pm and trailing shoe watery slurry on cut bit following morning

May work, may not
 

idgni

Member
Location
Armagh
Actually it wasn't a particularly good growing year for grass last year. Prolonged drought after 1st cut sent subsequent cuts to head pdq so to try and retain some quality, cuts were light and ran the risk of high residual N.
Plenty of maize though

The idea is to ZG highs only due to time from now until land is not fit to travel. Cut pm and trailing shoe watery slurry on cut bit following morning

May work, may not
Done the other way round here, keep highs on TMR and get them back into calf and performing well at peak,
put Low yielders onto Zero Grazing, gives them an extra boost and no meal needed.

we found Fertility is very hard to control on Zero grazed cows no matter how much the grass was managed
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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