Rob Havard’s herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus is bred to produce breeding stock bulls, and comprises 60 sucklers, plus followers. As Rob is a member of the Pasture for Life Association (PFLA) his cattle are fed on a full forage diet, and as such, they are entirely out-wintered, an approach ...

New Grass Mixtures for Vineyards

Posted: 14th February 2019

Over the last 10 years the number of acres planted with grapevines in England and Wales has grown by 135%, according to the English Wine Producers trade body, making wine one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in the UK. As a result, we’re increasingly being asked for advice on what ...

Preparation is the key to overseeing

Posted: 14th February 2019

Sam on a farm visit last week. Overseeding an older perennial ryegrass ley to boost clover levels and plant diversity, reducing inputs and improving livestock diet for native breeds. The preparation was the key. The field was harrowed 3 times to open up the ...
SARIC DiverseForages Project trial at our Centre for Diverse Farming Aim: To determine which level of forage plant species diversity provides the best forage, together with benefits for the soil, environment and livestock production. Partners:  BBSRC-NERC Sustainable Agriculture Research and ...

Species of the Week: Stubble Turnip

Posted: 5th February 2019

One of the most popular short term forage crops in the UK, stubble turnips are quick to establish with a good level of protein, making them ideal to fatten livestock, especially lambs over the winter. https://www.cotswoldseeds.com/species/61/stubble-turnip ...

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