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Sward Diversity Offers Benefits for all - Dairy Farmer
Sward diversity can offer significant advantages to all dairy farmers, through grazing or conserved forage, and whether you are high input, spring block calving or organic.
Options to fill forage gaps - Farmers Guardian
Whilst growing conditions have improved from the middle of May, the legacy of a challenging spring will for some mean gaps in their planned forage production.
Project tackles maize concerns - British Dairying 2021
Maize crops - and the bare fields that they leave over winter - are generating soil and water quality concerns. Could undersowing be the answer to alleviate these problems?
Impressive yield and quality form Agagold Maize in the Usk Valley producing excellent milk performance from home produced forage
As published in British Dairying
Forage Focus Key to Business Transformation - Farmers Guardian Oct 2020
Increased grassland reseeding with specialist leys and strategic use of different forage crops has led to a transformation in the performance of the Roberts Family's sheep and beef enterprises at Ty Draw, Llanasa, on the north Wales coast.
Under-sowing Maize Aids Crop Sustainability
Under-sowing maize with Italian ryegrass delivers valuable spring grazing for youngstock but the bigger benefit for Herefordshire dairy farmer Chris Norman is making the primary crop more sustainable.
Livestock Aids Tillage Transition
Running a fully mixed farming operation with his family, Buckinghamshire farmer Steve Lear has found it easier than many out-and-out arable farms to transition from conventional cultivations to direct drilling.
Arable Sheep Create Soil Health Solution
Restoring soil health to large acreages of farmland and integrating livestock will be key to sustainable arable farming in the future.
Options to Restore Forage Stocks
Early season reports from the Field Options grass mixture trials at Harper Adam University provide a good indication of the impact of the dry spring.
Beet Grazing For Beef
Out-wintering cattle on fodder beet has for Powys livestock farmer Marc Jones been a game-changer in his quest for a beef rearing and finishing system that virtually eliminates the need for bought in feeds and keeps overall costs to a minimum.
Spring Sown High Performance Ryegrass
Sowing a high performance ryegrass catch crop this spring could offer a flexible low risk solution for farmers with bare ground following aborted autumn drilling.
Profitable Maize Under Film
For Devon farmer Stuart Cole, growing feedstock for a green energy anaerobic digester needs to be part of an integrated and sustainable rotational cropping system, just as any other progressive farming operation.
Maize Undersowing Success
Pressure to avoid leaving maize stubbles bare over winter is growing. Luke James reports on a project to develop successful methods of under-sowing.
Grass Mix Trials
Gaining knowledge to help maximise metabolisable energy per hectare (ME/ha) from grassland is one objective at Field Options’ long-term mixture trials in Shropshire, as Luke James discovered.