Department makes key change to topping dates for GLAS farmers
The Department of Agriculture has made a key change to topping dates relevant to GLAS participants who chose Low Input Permanent Pasture Action.
Under new specifications for the action, farmers will now be able to carry out topping on these parcels from the July 1.
This is a change from the previous date which ran from March 15 and July 15. The Department said the move was to bring farmers in GLAS 1 and 2 in line with those in the third tranche.
Under the Low Input Permanent Pasture action farmers must select a suitable pasture that contains a minimum of four grass species (excluding Ryegrasses), for example cocksfoot, timothy, bent grasses, fescues, sweet vernal, Yorkshire fog, etc. and a minimum of three other non-grass plant species, for example plantain, chickweed, trefoils etc. and these must be reasonably dispersed throughout the field. There must be less than 30% Ryegrass cover.
Parcels must be fenced and stock-proof from the commencement date of the GLAS contract. The maximum area payable is 5ha of Low-input Permanent Pasture.
The sward must be maintained by grazing and there must be a grazing enterprise of owned livestock on the holding. Parcels cannot be cut for hay or silage.
The maximum chemical nitrogen usage on the parcels is 40kg N/ha/annum.