Agri-Shop Ltd
Farminguk
03 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


23 May 2014 01:55:04|Grassland

Two of the UK’s best grassland farmers to open their gates


Andrew Owen of Pantygwiail Farm, Dihewyd near Lampeter won the Welsh Grassland competition in 2013, and was a finalist in the BGS ‘UK Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition.
His success did not end there; he also won the Milk Hygiene competition and took the runner-up spot in the All Wales Clamp Silage competition.
The 93ha (230 acre) self-contained farm carries 130 Friesian cows plus followers, calving all-year-round. With all youngstock and dry cows kept on the farm, the aim is to be totally self-sufficient for grazing and silage.
Andrew’s policy is to run a simple system, with as much grass being grown and utilised as possible. From the end of May, a pre-mow policy is used. Grass is cut ahead of cows twice a day before grazing, which avoids selective grazing to maintain quality swards throughout the grazing season.
This event is sponsored by Farming Connect, Genus, HSBC, Wynnstay and Diversey.
The Owen family will also be raising money on the day for the Wales Air Ambulance.
To book a free place text MC50 to 07826 484447, call 02476 696600 or email Rachel@britishgrassland.com by 4 June.
Last year saw Cheshire dairy farmer Mathew Venables crowned BGS ‘UK Grassland Farmer of the Year’, just five years after taking over the 132ha (326 acre) contract-farmed Pigeon House Farm, Handley.
Careful nutrient management, regular soil testing and weekly grass measuring means the 480 spring-calving New Zealand crossbred cows achieve almost 70% of their 5,000 litres of milk from forage.
“Unfortunately good grassland management is not easy, which is why so many fail to achieve the kind of results we saw first-hand when we judged Mat’s farm last summer,” says Tim Kerridge of DLF Trifolium, one of the sponsors of the competition.

Download





0 Comment


Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

World News

United Kingdom | 29 April 2016
Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees. One of the chemicals widely considered as be...


Canada | 29 April 2016
Competing ethical meat standards leave Alberta beef farmers in crossfire

Colleen Biggs and her husband, Dylan, own an award-winning livestock operation in Alberta. TK Ranch produces beef without antibiotics, drugs, added hormones, animal by-products and chemical insecticid...


India | 29 April 2016
Govt plans to use quarter of farmland for horticulture

In a bid to gain from Haryana's close proximity to the national capital, the state government has planned to use major chunks of agriculture land for horticulture in the state. The state governmen...


Austria | 29 April 2016
Negative effect on Austrian agriculture

The trade agreement between the US and Europe, TTIP, will have negative effects on employment and the biggest losses in jobs will be in the agricultural and food producing sectors. This is one of ...


New Zealand | 29 April 2016
Suicide concerns rise for farmers as dairy downturn takes its toll

A rise in substance abuse and domestic violence in Golden Bay's rural community raises concerns over suicide as the dairy downturn continues to bite, mental health workers say. Community Mental Hea...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale


Holiday Rentals search



Top stories you may have missed
Username
Password