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Livestock Efficiency: Balancing Innovation, Nutrition and Grass/Soil Management (Campbeltown) – event summary

7 February 2017


Nether Largie farm is a sheep farm owned by the Malcolm family just outside of Kilmartin in Mid Argyll.

The event was well attended, with delegates being split into four groups.

Gavin Elrick spoke to each group on soil compaction and the need to get pH correct along with nutrients for grass growth.

Helen Bibby on GAEC rules, how environmental add ons could play an important role in accessing funding and future payments.

Poppy Frater had a very interactive presentation about sheep nutrition and maximising grazing using controls, fencing, good grass mixes and staggered grazing.

Donald Mackinnon spoke about EID, costs of production and focussing on live weights to maximise contracts.

The weather held out with just a couple of showers prior to lunch, and just before the event finished.

Plenty of questions were forthcoming from the farmers, and great interest was shown in every topic, with lively discussions within the groups. A bound handout was given to each person during the final summary of the day.

Materials from the day can be found below.

Related Downloads
Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS) Score Chart
This is a downloadable copy of the Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS) score chart for use in-field.
Topics: Soils
Assessing Soil Texture
Topics: Soils
GAEC 1 – Buffer strips along water courses
The aim of GAEC 1 rules is to protect water against pollution and run-off.
Topics: Rural Business
FAS Soils Mid Argyll
Poltalloch FAS PP Poppy Frater
Topics: Livestock

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