DairyCo-BGS Demo Farms: Demonstrating Research in Practice

DairyCo-BGS Demo Farms: Demonstrating Research in Practice

Friday, June 6, 2014

DairyCo is currently funding a four year programme of research on optimum strategies for growing and feeding lucerne and attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest research findings from this work.

Simon, James and Rob Foote currently run a 320 cow Holstein herd. One third of the AYR calving herd is milked through two robots and the family have recently designed and built a customised slurry lagoon to recover methane to supply heat and electricity to the farm. The family are in their second year of growing lucerne silage and aim to reduce feed costs through replacing a proportion of bought in soya and rapeseed with lucerne. The farm is now growing 28 ha of lucerne alongside maize, grass and fodder beet.  

A demonstration farm* event on growing and feeding lucerne, kindly hosted by Mr Simon Foote and family at Chynoweth Farm.

Date:                7 July 2014
Time:               10.30 – 14.00
Venue:             Chynoweth Farm, St Allen, Truro, TR4 9DG 

The open day will include:

  • Lucerne growing in a medium to heavy soil type on both north and south facing aspects.

  • Assessment of Lucerne silage in the clamp and being fed, and discuss the silage analysis.

  • Presentation from Dr Louisa Dines, senior agronomist at HAU, who is currently investigating the optimum timing for establishment of the crop and establishment with a cover crop.

  • Louisa will also lead a discussion on site selection, nutrition, disease management, and handling and ensiling the crop.

  • Presentation from Prof Liam Sinclair, Professor of Animal Research at HAU. Researchers at HAU have just completed a trial examining the optimum rate of inclusion of lucerne in dairy cow diets and will discuss some early findings of this experiment.

  • Liam will also lead a discussion on the nutritional value of lucerne and strategies for maximising the use of lucerne in cow diets. Researchers are also investigating stage of cutting and chop length of the crop on forage quality and animal performance.

This is a free event and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register to attend please email rebecca.miles@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk or ring 07500 873258.

*The DairyCo-BGS Demonstration Project is part of the DairyCo Grassland, Forage and Soils Research Partnership. The Research Partnership is a five year research collaboration with SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) in partnership with Harper  Adams University and the University of Reading. More details of other projects within the Research

Partnership can be found on the DairyCo website www.dairyco.org.uk.









BGS Members BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.

Local Societies

BGS Members Use our Local Society directory to locate your nearest societies, information resources and experts on grassland farming and foraging.