Cornwall Field Day

Cornwall Field Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Tuesday 21st April West Cornwall Grassland Society hosted the annual Cornwall Grassland Society Field Day. Grassland members from across Cornwall made the trip to the most southerly peninsular on the Mainland UK, the Lizard, to visit two interesting and contrasting farms.

The day started at Treworgie, by kind permission of the Jenkin family. Here Roger Jenkin, wife Dorothy, son Hayden and daughter Christina farm 220 acres, with a further 130 rented nearby. The dairy herd is 250 Holsteins, producing 9600 litres.   

Roger introduced the farm, providing some background to its history as well as explaining that both Hayden and Christina have taken on certain elements in recent years. He also thanked the three part-time staff. Hayden continued to show the crowd a new covered feeding area, new dairy accommodation shed and the parlour, explaining various steps, such as ration, larger cubicles, rubber flooring and Reproductive Management Systems that have been taken to improve herd health across the board and in particular in terms of fertility. Christina explained how she has also made adaptations to the heifer rearing system since taking on that element.  “All the heifers are home-bred. Heifer calves are machine reared on milk powder”.

From left: Christina, Dorothy and Rogen Jenkin, Rebecca Burton and Hayden Jenkin.

 

Following lunch and the announcement of the Cornwall Silage Competition Winner, the event proceeded to Lanarth, a several thousand acre estate encompassing a broad range of landscape/habitat types and hence a number of farm/land-based enterprises.

To begin with the group were shown some of the Masham/Llyn sheep and fat lambs. Owner Mikey Tylor explained the breeding policy, using home-bred Charollais rams and some purchased Suffolk or Texel to produce a type of mule that seems to thrive on this land. Jeremy Clitherow from Natural England also explained how bronze – iron-age celtic huts had been discovered in the field by aerial photography after WWII. The estate now has a large ELS/HLS agreement that runs until 2017. Not only does the agreement cover the archaeology, but also heathland grazing whereby herds of Galloway cattle and ponies manage the distinctive natural vegetation to produce a mosaic of heathland habitats across the various soil types found in the location, resulting from the unique geology.  

Stores graze the edge of semi-natural grassland at Lanarth.

 

Chariman Bryndly Hoskin gave thanks to all of the host farmers and everyone who had made the day possible.

 

 

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