Profit from grass
The point in the grass growing season of ‘peak growths and ensuing high quality’ has now passed and attention now needs to turn to management to ensure quantity and maximise quality.
In the latest of Farmers Guardian’s Profit from Grass series, we talk to Michael Miller who is using his experience as an ex-organic farmer to improve forage quality and push his pastures harder.
In the latest in the Profit from Grass series we talk to Jill Bathgate about how she is coping with bringing cows back in due to wet groung conditions, and also consider best practice when considering a reseed.
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.