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Interesting thoughts. On an extensively grazed, heather covered hill, exactly what resources are being inefficiently used? and what else could they be used for aside from sheep and native bred cattle?
You are of course totally correct in that situation. Personally I would far rather see that land in livestock production than forestry.
My personal opinion and I’m not sure which is best from the carbon perspective.
 

Clive

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You are of course totally correct in that situation. Personally I would far rather see that land in livestock production than forestry.
My personal opinion and I’m not sure which is best from the carbon perspective.

forestry from a carbon point of view (more biomass will sequester more and won't create emissions like livestock can) ................... however we cant eat trees !

I think in the BIG future we will have to develop the vertical farming type systems to feed the sheer number of people on the planet and get protein from insects etc - free up land for sequestration

or develop machinery that "cleans" up the atmosphere/controls climate maybe ?

not what any of us want to hear as farmers I guess
 

lloyd

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forestry from a carbon point of view (more biomass will sequester more and won't create emissions like livestock can) ................... however we cant eat trees !

I think in the BIG future we will have to develop the vertical farming type systems to feed the sheer number of people on the planet and get protein from insects etc - free up land for sequestration

or develop machinery that "cleans" up the atmosphere/controls climate maybe ?

not what any of us want to hear as farmers I guess
I hope your vineyards will be up and running by then as you will
need something to wash the insects down with.
Second thoughts vineyards are not very enviromentally friendly
so will have to be recycled tap water.
 

Clive

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I hope your vineyards will be up and running by then as you will
need something to wash the insects down with.
Second thoughts vineyards are not very enviromentally friendly
so will have to be recycled tap water.
12m rows of vines / fruit trees with gene edited organic rye / wheats under-sown with clover living mulch treated with biological solutions giving yields double of today’s ?

sheds full of vertical farmed salads / veg insects and aquaculture - powered by solar ?

……… the future?
 

lloyd

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12m rows of vines / fruit trees with gene edited organic rye / wheats under-sown with clover living mulch treated with biological solutions giving yields double of today’s ?

sheds full of vertical farmed salads / veg insects and aquaculture - powered by solar ?

……… the future?
Someone is experimenting with trees in a similar fashion in Herefordshire
and cropping inbetween .With today's machinery sounds a nightmare but
with robots in the near future who knows!
 
12m rows of vines / fruit trees with gene edited organic rye / wheats under-sown with clover living mulch treated with biological solutions giving yields double of today’s ?

sheds full of vertical farmed salads / veg insects and aquaculture - powered by solar ?

……… the future?
I really would like to get my mitts on enough ground to mess about with some of that regenerative stuff. I tried and failed to buy some last year.
I must admit that I can't quite get my head around this solar powered vertical farming thing, when plants are pretty good at harnessing solar energy when outside. The figures probably do stack up if the produce is marketed well.
 

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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