Farmers invited to meeting

The next Monitor Farm meeting takes place on Tuesday at Donkin Rigg.

John Vipond of the Scottish Agricultural College will discuss Grassland Management and how to increase profitability by getting the maximum benefits from herbages.

Following this, Simon Bainbridge of the Northumberland Monitor Farm, will talk about the sheep strategy looking to be implemented on the farm.

Grazing has been identified as an area for potential improvements and John will be looking into rotational grazing on the farm, set stocking and improving management of the grazing grass.

This will include pasture clover contents, grass dry matter production and utilisation and making the most of finishing lambs.

He will also look at mixed forages and the potential these have for both conventional and organic farms.

From an analysis point of view, John will delve into how much grass the farm produces versus what the stock actually consume.

The meeting is open to all farmers in the region.

To book a place, contact EBLEX on 0870 609 1840 or email Arrive 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Refreshments available.