Forage forecast – Saturday 17th July 2021


After a difficult winter in the UK and hay shortages meaning huge price rises, the team at decided that we needed to either support our members by helping you prepare for a hay shortage or ensure that everyone knows that there won’t be a hay shortage and there might be the opportunity to shop around for the best price.  With that in mind, we are delivering you a weekly #ForageForecast so that we can track grass growth and hay production this year!

With the exceptional grass growth this year we appreciate how difficult it is to manage your horses. Click on the red text below to take part in the webinar aimed at supporting horse owners on prevention and management at this tricky time.

Health warning
If you have horses or ponies prone to colic, obesity, EMS, laminitis, adverse behaviour etc, this is the time to limit grass intake. If you do, then ensure that you provide additional forage in the form of hay, preferably soaked or soaked and steamed.

Watch our Forage 4 Knowledge webinars with two leading experts:

Dr Helen Warren: Feeding forage in practical terms:  Click here

Dr David Davies: Hay, Haylage and Silage: Click here

The last week’s grass growth:

  • Average daily growth rates are changing direction, down 7.3 kg DM/ha, to 58.7 kg DM/ha
  • Average growth rates are below the growth rates this time last year at 68.6 kg DM/ha and ahead of the 5-year average, 48.9 kg DM/ha
  • Highest regional average daily growth rates are seen in the North West, 80.15 kg DM/ha

The information on grass growth has come from the Forage For Knowledge page on the AHDB website: click here







About Author

Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.