Wet Weather Resilience Planning: Arran – Event Summary

7 March 2018

Wet weather has had a massive impact on farm businesses across South West Scotland since Autumn 2017.

The meeting focused on how a business can recover through the spring and use lessons learnt to make plans for the future to make farms more resilient to bad weather.

The meeting consisted of a wide range of topics starting with ‘Mental health awareness’ followed by coping with ‘Forage Shortage’ such as feed budgeting, alternative feeds, managing stock, reducing bedding requirements and finishing the meeting with potential options on rebuilding the forage buffer – spring fertiliser, maximising silage yields, repairing field damage.

Key messages:

  • Look after yourself which can be hard but there are people and organisations that are there to help. RSABI 
  • Make a Plan for the coming year, doing this will make you aware of this years impact and how best to prepare your farm for future challenges.
  • If caught short and don’t have enough feed; minimise mouths or make use of alternative feed from any surrounding resources available.
  • Paddock grazing utilises a smaller area and has high rewards..
  • Clearing and maintaining drainage systems will reduce the volume of surface water in wet weather. Drainage in the summer months may reduce soil compaction and damage compared to the winter months.
  • Spread lime 10days after slurry and 30days before slurry, lime will sweeten the grass for grazing.

Information available to take away from the meeting and related documents are available through the links below for you to download.

 

 

Related Downloads
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