Profit from grass
For the launch of the 2014 Profit from Grass series grass experts from Eblex and DairyCo give us an insight into the situation across the country and we meet the four farmers who will be involved in the project this year.
SIMON Wragg rounds up our 2013 Profit from Grass series by talking to all our four of this year’s farmers.
IT has been a season of mixed fortunes for grassland producers, according to Liz Genever of Eblex.
Meet the farmers
According to Jill Bathgate, who milks 145 Holstein Friesians at Castleton Farm, 2014 is going to be a huge learning curve as the herd moves to a paddock grazing system for the first time.
While Cheshire may conjure up images of fertile lowland dairy farms and potato ground, the area flanking Derbyshire’s Peak District is much harsher.
Dorset beef and sheep farmer Mike Miller returns to the series for another year having experienced a winter which allowed the 60-cow organic beef herd to stay out until December, but raised questions at the 1,200-ewe share farming operation nearby.
Suffolk dairy farmer David Utting – who runs a 270-cow dairy herd, beef unit and arable enterprise covering 363 hectares (900 acres) with brother Shaun – returns for a second year to the Profit from Grass series.