'The man in charge dictates grass production on farms not its location'
They mightn't win many All Irelands but they can grow grass
"We are seeing very little variation in the location effect of grass production," Teagasc Grass Specialist Michael O'Donovan told dairy farmers at Moorepark 2017.
He said that 10 years ago farmers would have come to Moorepark and said "they are below in cork they can produce 14t of grass no problem, they have dry land and all that".
But he said farmers can go away today and tell themselves that "the fellas in Westmeath and Galway can also grow plenty of grass.
"They mightn't win many All Irelands but they can grow grass," he joked.
Donovan said there is plenty of potential to grow grass in Ireland and the location where you are doesn't have much of an effect on the level you can produce.
"The man in charge of the grass dictates the level of production and the level of utilisation," he stressed.
"The challenge is to bring more grass into the system and utilise that grass. Plenty of guys will talk about milk yield per cow. But milk yield per cow is not a profitability index.
"Grass utilisation is the key KPI for us. If you can utilise more grass there is more profit in it for you.