Maximum productivity per acre
Robbie Baird from Dalhowan Farm in Maybole runs a herd of around 280 cattle, of which 90 are milking cows, together with 350 ewes and 200 ewe lambs. To meet the feeding demands of his livestock ’ including finishing 500 lambs per year ’ Robbie has reseeded with top-quality Barenbrug forage mixtures, supplied by distributor RH Goldie, and invested in a forward-planning programme that has paid dividends.
Robbie’s programme includes reseeding with Adapt long-term, dual-purpose mixture without clover in the first year, and then with clover in the second as an effective weed control. Some wholecrop was also undersown last year with Barmix, a highly successful, permanent, drought-tolerant, high-protein sward for sheep production.
As a result, Robbie has been able to increase his ewe and cow numbers, plus is constructing a new silage pit to cope with the increased productivity of the grassland. ’I plan to get all the grass into rotation as there is definitely a big difference in the quality and quantity of young grass,’ Robbie reveals. ’Ploughing up and starting again is the way forward with poorly performing grassland.’
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
The permanent eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea [BVD] in Scottish cattl...
The abolition of milk quotas in Europe on 1st April has resulted in a numbe...
The top 14 milk producing countries in Europe will increase their productio...
Matt Ware is the NFU's head of government and parliamentary affairs, based ...
There is a 'desperate need' to improve farmgate returns given low incomes a...
Rapid stem extension, after a slow start to spring, is likely to create spl...
The time has come for landlords to expect to see reductions in farm rents, ...
Cogent’s reputation as a source of the highest calibre sires has been enhan...
The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting...