Some of ye zero graze and some of ye do it for hire. I'm looking at the pros and cons of getting a contractor to zero graze 15 to 20 acres for us in galway up to mid march. There is cover of 1200 at the moment on some fields. All fields are currently dry enough to travel on, and even if we do get a lot of rain over the next 2 months, I have some fields that can be travelled. While we are going to have enough silage, but my plan was to have about 20% of last years silage left over. But we have kept a lot of extra stock this year that we would normally have sold so the extra silage will be used up if we keep going the way that we are going. I could let some of the lighter stock off to graze it - but this brings extra work with herding etc which doesn't work well for me with dark evenings. Can anyone give me an idea as to how much grass it would take to feed our stock on a daily basis? 20 store bullocks that average weight of 550kg and 24 weanlings at an average weight of 300kg. How much should a man expect to pay for zero grazing? How long will grass keep that has been zero grazed - would we need to be cutting every second day? What's the consensus on zero grazing meadows now that we intend taking a cut of silage off in early june?