Free grazing advice from expert Rohloff
Soil Association Scotland is inviting farmers to a free, practical event discussing paddock grazing with New Zealand farmer and expert Murray Rohloff.
The day will look at how to make paddock grazing work on the farm, optimising sheep and cattle performance from pasture and the financial benefits to be gained from improving soil health and grass.
Murray ( pictured) said: “Pasture is the diesel of pastoral farming — producing the cheapest feed and giving the biggest bang for the buck. However, most farmers need up-skilling in managing pasture to extract the huge profit potential by managing digestibility and planned pasture covers.”
James Biggar of Chapelton Farm near Castle Douglas had been thinking about paddock grazing for a while but had been daunted by the change. He’s been pleased with the results so far.
He said: “Last year, we started subdividing some existing fields into smaller paddocks to allow us to move stock around. This year we’ve split up a couple more fields and we’ve started a true rotation for the first time.
“We’ve always been a foragebased business, but we see huge potential to increase our stocking numbers by driving that forage element.
“The cattle and sheep we have on rotation seem to be very content. They always have plenty of good quality grass in front of them and I can see an improvement in the sward already as a result of the rotational grazing. It’s also very quick and easy to check stock in one small paddock.” Paddock grazing for profit will take place from 10.30am to 4pm at the Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright on Friday, June 28. The event, which is free to farmers and land managers, includes lunch. Booking is required and places can be reserved at www. soilassociation. org, by calling Lyn on 07899 791 748 or by e-mailing [email protected] soilassociation. org.