The final new entrants workshop of the winter was held on farm for the first time in the Borders, with a focus on grassland management.
Grassland management is a key element to improving cattle and sheep outputs. The meeting highlighted ways to significantly improve grassland utilisation and give new entrants to farming the confidence to start managing grass in a rotational or paddock grazing system. Host farmers Charley and Andrea Walker will explained their grazing system. The following topics were covered:
- Setting up a rotational/paddock grazing system
- Measuring grass growth during the growing season
- How to manage the system in periods of under and over production
- The importance of clover in grassland
After an introduction to the hosts and the farm in the steading, the group moved into the fields where host farmers Charley & Andrea Walker explained their rotational grazing system. Our hosts at Barnside were fantastic and gave a really informative and passionate insight into how to set up a grazing sytem to maximise productivity.
The handout from the meeting: Barnside Handout 23032017
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