Any Future.


Thanks - didn’t realise there was another thread which have now read. Really interesting and thanks for starting and to all those that posted. As many many will know there is lots more information on what the pilots for the sustainable farming incentive bit of ELMS may look like out there now and the chance to express interest in signing up for pilots is now up and running. I say ‘may’ as the current way the scheme is laid out is a ‘first go’ to be shaped and improved not just during the pilots but hopefully ongoing as, love or hate EU exit, this is in our hands now and not set in seven year stone like CAP policy. Will ELMS be perfect? No. Will it be rubbish? Hopefully not. Will it be massively better if farmers sign up for the pilots and help Defra make it as good as possible? Absolutely.
However ELMS ends up it’s unlikely to replace CAP based payments on the bottom line (very unlikely), but hopefully there’ll be things in there to help the bottom line and also help make things better in general (who doesn’t want more wildlife on farm and to think the way they’re farming might be making things better for your children/grandchildren?). It’s already massively hard to keep the cash flowing, deal with the paperwork, markets and weather and still get to see the kids/have some type of life off farm - and that can make finding the time/energy get involved tough, but ELMS has got a potential, and if it does do any good it’ll be farmers, not Government, that make it happen.
Interested to keep hearing what people think on this - I’m not sure if it’s possible to link me up to any other similar threads, but if so that would be great. Thanks all.
This is all very well ,but what type of farmer has time to sign up for this type of thing ?
How do you keep those out with their own agenda and NGOs ?
As an operator you cant experiment with someone elses land can you ?
Do really think that these will have any practical or otherwise any realisation of the consequent issues they will consequently inflict on those who actually have to deal with the reality of it in the end ?

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...