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Nitrates levels in grass

Nitrates in forage can reduce milk yields and cause fertility problems, can turn silage butyric and even cause death in stock.

This Farming Note covers:

  • How to ensure grass nitrate levels are down at a safe level before grazing and cutting
  • What environmental conditions cause grass to have a higher nitrate content than usual
  • How to minimise damage when grass outside of the safe level has to be cut
  • Nitrate risks posed by other sources

Issued March 2015.

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Issued March 2015

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