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    Outwintering cattle on herbal leys

    Stubble turnips/mixes broadcast by 2nd week Aug latest, but need good fertile ground or dose of box muck disced in. Followed turnips with spring oat/linseed undersown with white clover, will bale graze dry cows on in Feb/Mar.
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Normally would get them to eat as much as poss. but last winter just got too wet, so let them regrow on one field. Mucked & ploughed in on another field, thinking being bulbs would be slower release/breakdown when spring oats needed it.
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Cheeky question: Any chance I could have a loan of your Nicole Masters book please? [emoji16]
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Have found that spring sown herbal ley under a pea/barley nurse crop (max 50kg/acre) works best here, but must get pea/barley silage off early (barley @ milky stage). Also pays to get soil going right @ least 12 to 24 month before sowing ley i.e. lime, grazing cover/catch crops, lashings of box...
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    Convince me to not plough

    Awesome [emoji106] All in one topper, plough, rotavator. Have you posted it onto the direct drill thread?
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Yes special mix £15.43/acre. Thinking behind it was diversity of root types, canopy heights etc. Cropping was: winter barley, stubble turnips (drilled 1st week Aug, grazed March left 20% of bulbs), turnips/weed regrowth grazed with cows June/July (that dry time). Twice over with big Disc a go...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Below + spring barley, pea, oat floor sweepings & some linseed. First choice from the salad bar is leaf of fodder radish, then sunflower leaves, grazing anything @ head height or above first. Not seen them eating linseed, borage or phacilia, but that will trample & feed soil + bees were working...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Lambs & culls onto the diverse grazing cover crop the other day.
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Well impressed you got your head round setting up Farmax, amazingly powerful bit of software but too complicated for me to drive. Any opportunities using what you learned to help setup for others? Had a play with Agrinet for a few months, nice & simple for grass wedge etc but no sheep option at...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Great post, thank you. Good to hear an honest product assessment and not just the "all forward thinking progressive farmers have one" twoddle. We were close to going with Farmax/kiwi Tec UK, but couldn't face spending the brass!
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    The lad with the woodchip BBQ here tipped tree surgery residue in the shed about 12" deep, then some straw, then some cows. Got a bit shitty so cleaned it all out after a few weeks, made a massive heap of it in his covered muck shed i.e. I've got a teleporter & I'm gonna use it! Steam turned to...
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    Earthshot Prize for Holistic/Regen Ag

    Hmmm, not setting the world on fire with this idea then! But will crack on regardless. Challenge will be getting holistic/regenerative grazing on the radars of the award "nominating partners" whoever they are? https://earthshotprize.org/awards/nominations-selections/
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    100mm should be no bother, little bit of heat will dry it out nice, cows love lying on wood chip. Putting it down @ 12" to 18" outside, but chipped low grade thinnings has less green in than tree surgery residue. Run your overground water pipe through your woodchip/compost heap, will stop it...
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    Convince me to not plough

    Spray it off, graze it, chain harrow X 3, broadcast, roll, you think? Done similar here with some IRG, bit disappointing to say the least, still won't beat a SPRING reseed behind the plough.
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Mind that tree surgery chip doesn't heat up with a bit of green in it. The lad that delivered ours had a bad do with it stored in a shed [emoji91]

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