New online resource Healthy Grassland Soils available

Published 25 March 15

Grassland FactsheetA new online resource, Healthy Grassland Soils, will help grassland farmers manage the soil on their farm more effectively.

DairyCo and EBLEX have co-funded the project to ensure producers have the tools to study soil properties then choose the best, and least, damaging management practices.

Improving soil structure and conserving biological activity has been proven to support better plant growth, forage quality and thus profits. It can also minimise the negative impacts on the environment which can follow poor soil management.

“Estimates suggest soil compaction alone can cost up to £250/hectare/year – therefore understanding what state your soil is in and making improvements as necessary can have huge financial benefit.”

 “Soil is one of the most important assets farmers have. It is unique in each field; it’s dynamic and changes constantly. Ultimately, the health of the soil underpins the health of the pasture and livestock,” said DairyCo research and development manager Dr Debbie McConnell.

A Grassland Soils Guide, with four quick steps to assess soil structure, is also available for producers to download and use to carry out in-field assessments.