Carbon farming – Focusing on the bigger picture

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Download PDF As agriculture moves closer to 2040, CPM takes a look at both the biggest allies and greatest challenges of the machinery sector when it comes to achieving Net Zero. I think the idea of having large, heavy, 200hp tractors going forward is limited. By Charlotte Cunningham As we move into the spring of 2021, there’s just 19 years to go before the industry will see whether its efforts to meet the NFU’s Net Zero ambitions by 2040 will have been effective. And though this may seem a long time away for some, in climate change terms, it’s a relatively short window to achieve an awful lot. While machinery has a significant role to play, there’s a much broader picture to consider when it comes to achieving Net Zero, says Harry Henderson, knowledge exchange technical manager at AHDB. “We’ve been talking about this a lot over the past few weeks, and it’s becoming very apparent that while the industry knows it’s very easy to lose carbon through cultivations, simply stopping them isn’t going to help “save”, or capture, carbon as such. The state of soils will directly impact the choice of workable machinery on farm. “In my view, building…
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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...
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