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Gerard Sherlock: It's a tall order, but we are working towards a target stocking rate of four cows per hectare

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Planning ahead: "From next week on I will begin building grass covers for the autumn - ideally all baling of surplus grass should finish this week," says Gerard Sherlock. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Planning ahead: "From next week on I will begin building grass covers for the autumn - ideally all baling of surplus grass should finish this week," says Gerard Sherlock. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Planning ahead: "From next week on I will begin building grass covers for the autumn - ideally all baling of surplus grass should finish this week," says Gerard Sherlock. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Two weeks ago, our farm hosted two groups of farmers. On Monday, July 13 a Grass10 meeting took place after a lapse of 23 weeks; two days later, the discussion group met after a lapse of 21 weeks.

Even though we had kept in touch through Zoom, conference calls and on Whats App, everybody was glad to meet up face-to-face, even if we had to maintain social distancing.

The Grass10 group walked the farm to assess grass covers and qualities. The main emphasis was on how to remove surplus grass as bales to maintain the 160kgs of cover/cow.