North Wales farm walk report

North Wales farm walk report

Monday, September 6, 2010

Our final on farm event for 2010 was again held in glorious sunshine. The BGS, FWGS, FUW, IBERS, HCC, Farming Connect farm walk hosted by Emyr, Aled and Dylan Jones at Bala in North Wales was attended by 80 delegates.

Emyr told us how keeping pastures in good condition, where it had been reclaimed from bracken, meant keeping on top of invading weeds and ensuring a thick base to the sward. He also explained how slow release fertilisers were used to avoid rapid flushes of growth, with the aim of keeping sward heights at an optimum for cattle and sheep.

The quality of pastures, free of weeds and seed heads, spoke for itself on this farm that has land up to 1000ft on the edge of Snowdonia. The condition of the Welsh Black cattle and ewes feeding on it was excellent.

The 1200 ewes achieve a 170% lambing and to date 455 crossbred lambs have been sold this year averaging £69 a head. 25 Welsh Mountain Tups and some ewes will be sold at society sales.    




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