Good grassland management can reap rich rewards
Growing good grass and sileage can reduce the amount of concentrated animal feed required and extend the grazing season. If sown with a legume like clover, grass can also fix nitrogen in the soil, reducing the amount of artificial fertiliser necessary.
INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY AT BARNSIDE FARM
In the Lammermuir Hills, Charley and Andrea Walker run Barnside Farm. They take a holistic approach to farm management, aiming to find a balance between business considerations, working with nature, a healthy environment and a decent work/life balance for themselves and their family.
ORGANIC FARMING AT MOSSGIEL
Bryce Cunningham, now a tenant farmer of Robert Bruce's Mossgiel Farm near Mauchline, talks about his decision to convert to organic. Bryce is also a member of our mob grazing field lab.
In a mob grazing system, cattle are moved frequently, with a longer than usual recovery period for grass. Farmers report this grazing system is leading to better soil health, healthier cattle and lower costs. Read about how they are putting it into practice in Scotland and beyond.
THE MOB GRAZING FIELD LAB
There is very little robust research into the benefits of mob grazing in the UK, and hardly any in Scotland. Does it really work? And how can we prove it? Our Mob Grazing group are finding out.
Grass seed mixes
Read about our field lab and the Scottish farmers who are investigating how grass seed mixes can provide solutions to challenges farmers face.
GRASS SEED MIXES AND ROTATIONAL GRAZING
Livestock farmer Sion Williams oversees 29,500 acres on the Borders Estate, where getting good lamb growth rates from his outdoor, grass-based system is not the only thing he's doing well.