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23rd February, 2019

Zero grazing – an option for fragmented farms and harvesting grass from heavyland

On a farm visit to Chris & Nora Foley in Askeaton, Co. Limerick, I encountered cows being fed fresh grass harvested using a zero-grazer imported from Italy. This machine can harvest 2.5 tonnes of fresh grass at 20% dry matter. They currently feed this to 53 cows once daily.

Zero grazing is an option for farms, which are heavily stocked and fragmented. Dry matter intakes and grass harvested per acres are increased using this technology.

The zero grazer cost 18,000 Euros, which is a significant capital investment and also requires the daily chore of travel to the outside farm to harvest grass.

This You-tube video gives some more information about Zero-Grazing.