Do cover crops count as a break crop

Dman2

Member
Location
Durham, UK
Looking at dropping oats from the rotation, as they are the only reason we are farm assured.
All wheat and barley goes to local farms or our cattle
Plan is 2 wheats, a barley, followed by a cover crop then spring barley
 

Salopian_Will

Member
BASIS
Location
Shropshire
Looking at dropping oats from the rotation, as they are the only reason we are farm assured.
All wheat and barley goes to local farms or our cattle
Plan is 2 wheats, a barley, followed by a cover crop then spring barley

That would not count as a break in my view. What do you do after the Spring Barley? Save for a possible stale seedbed prior to spring barley, there is very little opportunity for dealing with grass weeds either.
 

ben__adamss

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BASE UK Member
Location
Oxfordshire
I would not say thats enough of a break at all, why not do an oat and legume wholecrop for cattle feed?

Oats and mustard are useful catch crops that can lessen take all risk
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Looking at dropping oats from the rotation, as they are the only reason we are farm assured.
All wheat and barley goes to local farms or our cattle
Plan is 2 wheats, a barley, followed by a cover crop then spring barley
Tbh if you previously grew wheat, barley and oats then you didn't really have a break crop anyway. And what exactly do you want a break from? Take all?
 

mo!

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
York
Oats is classed as a take all break
Do use grass in rotation, but not enough to be able to do away with oats
Don`t like OSR, to unpredictable, and would need to be Farm assured to sell it
May try beans, and add to ration
Very happy using beans in our finishing ration. Propcorn them if wet at harvest.
 

goodevans

Member
Looking at dropping oats from the rotation, as they are the only reason we are farm assured.
All wheat and barley goes to local farms or our cattle
Plan is 2 wheats, a barley, followed by a cover crop then spring barley
Do you not need to be farm assured for cattle
 

mo!

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
York
We are at present, but sell everything 12-14 month through store ring
As long as they stay on a farm assured farm for 6 month ( i think) then they become farm assured
Crazy sh!t
90 days. Utterly ridiculous and undermines the system.
 

Brisel

Member
NFFN Member
Location
Midlands
Looking at dropping oats from the rotation, as they are the only reason we are farm assured.
All wheat and barley goes to local farms or our cattle
Plan is 2 wheats, a barley, followed by a cover crop then spring barley
If you're after a take all break, then you need at least 9 months out of wheat/barley/rye. The fungus is most active in the early summer, so that's when you need an alternative species growing to break the cycle.

As above, think about the costs of working through the take all barrier towards continuous cereals, grass weed risk etc vs a bit of admin time for farm assurance. Is a rotational grass ley not an option?
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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