Six entries go into NGMC finals

Six entries go into NGMC finals

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Following stiff competition in the regional rounds of this year's National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow and DLF-Trifolium, we are pleased to reveal the six entries out of seven regions who will take part in the next round of the competition.

Northern: Angie Goody, Old Lonan Church Farm, Isle of Man. Angie farms 81 hectares (200 acres) in total, including 64 hectares (158acres) grassland, 7 hectares (17acres) cereals and 3 hectares (7acres) of pea-barley whole crop with only one paid member of staff.  Aside the excellent beef and sheep production system and arable, Angie and her family run a horse paddock maintenance enterprise and holiday lets.

South West: Guy Chandler, Dorset. Guy tenants a total of 121 hectares (300 acres) of long term grass leys. His 280 strong dairy herd are run on an extended grazing system with full turnout from 1st February 2009 until 15th December. Guy aims for efficiency at turning grass into milk solids with minimum fuss.

Northern Ireland: Peter Merron, Ballytrustand Farm, Co. Down. Peter farms 131 hectares (324 acres) of long term grass leys for his 250 cow dairy herd. Peter measures his grass weekly; this along with predicted rainfall and fertilizer levels helps decision making for grass allocation and concentrate usage.

South East: Peter and Paul Strudwick, Castle Farm Partnership, West Sussex. Peter and Paul farm 630 hectares (1557 acres) in total, utilizing permanent pastures on the flood plain for the suckler beef enterprise, while the dairy herd occupies the medium term leys on the hill around the parlour.  The farm also prides itself on its high degree of nature conservation and wildlife habitat management.

Wales: Dylan Jones, Bryn-Rhydd, Gwynedd. Dylan farms 156 hectares (384 acres) with family members alone who demonstrate excellent stockmanship across the dairy and sheep enterprises. The farm has made several innovative changes in the last two years to improve profitability including new cow tracks, a switch to wholecrop silage from maize and the use of an umbilical.

Central: Gurney & Sons, Abbeycourt Farm, Leominster. Clive and his son Andrew farm 162 hectares (400 acres) of mixed dairy, beef, sheep and arable enterprises. Clive and Andrew work hard to maximize the 64 hectares (158 acres) of long term grass leys and committed themselves to reseeding the whole area over three years in 2005.

These six farms will be considered by four judges, including last years winner, Emyr Jones, and they will choose three farms out of the six to visit in the national round of the competition. The winner will be announced at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show 16th & 17th September on the DLF-Trifolium stand at 4pm. Please join us for the presentation if you are at the event.

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