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Final round-up from 2014 Profit from Grass farmers

September 26, 2014

As this year’s Profit from Grass series draws to an end we spoke to the four farmers involved to find out how they have fared during the year, and what their plans are looking forward.

2014 grass growth results plotted against five-year average

Profit from grass: A look at the key trends of 2014 grazing season

September 26, 2014

As the 2014 grazing season begins to draw to a close, the key trends of the season have come to light for many, says DairyCo technical extension officer Piers Badnell. 

Weather in 2014 made for an interesting grass growing year

September 26, 2014

It has been an interesting year for grass, driven by changes in the weather, according to Eblex’s Liz Genever.

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Meet the farmers

Jill Bathgate

Jill Bathgate – Gorebridge, Midlothian

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.

Chris and Helen Heath

Chris and Helen Heath - Macclesfield, Cheshire

While Cheshire may conjure up images of fertile lowland dairy farms and potato ground, the area flanking Derbyshire’s Peak District is much harsher.

Mike Miller

Mike Miller – Woolland, Dorset

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.

David Utting

David Utting – Mettingham, Suffolk

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.