Competition Winner's Farm Walk

Competition Winner's Farm Walk

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday 11th June 2019

The 2018 BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year Richard Rogers and fellow farm director Gethin Roberts will host a visit to Tre Ifan, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. 

The spring block-calving herd of 350 New Zealand crossbred cows are stocked at 3.9 per ha and produce 5,349 litres of milk. Maximizing grass growth and utilising it efficiently is an important profit driver of their system and the excellent quality grass leys enable high yields of 4,099 litres to be obtained from forage, with 3,200 litres coming from grazing alone. 

The aim is for a nine-month grazing season, from mid-February to mid-November, with routine soil sampling helping to maintain grass quality across the 90 ha of grazing land, around 10-15% of which is reseeded each year. Nitrogen is applied at three-weekly intervals. The quality of the facilities on the farm, such as buildings and cow tracks, have allowed the staff to run a simple but effective system.  Environmental factors are also taken into consideration; rivers have been fenced off to prevent cow access and to create a wildlife corridor and historic features have been protected. Two ponds have also been created on the farm. 

The day will start at 11 am with a farm walk followed by a light lunch and the opportunity for discussion.  The walk is free to attend but registration is required for catering purposes. To book your place, please email sandra.pattinson@britishgrassland.com or text 07833 437974 with your name and the number of people attending.

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