The Benefits of Herbal Grass Leys

Countryside Stewardships Schemes (CSS) can offer an array of land-based options. One that I am finding to be extremely popular and beneficial financially (providing an annual income of £309/ha), environmentally and to the health and well-being of livestock is the Legume and Herb Rich Swards (coded GS4 under CSS). The herbal ley is a complex […]

Is Your Farm NVZ Ready?

In 2017, new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) were designated.  If your land was placed in an NVZ for the first time in 2017, you did not have to comply with the NVZ rules straight away.  Certain rules were phased in from the beginning of this year and all rules will be phased in by 31st […]

Robotic Equipment Funding & Slurry Management Equipment Grants!

The countdown is on for submitting a grant application under the RDPE Countryside Productivity grant.  If you are looking to invest in a new a slurry management system, either a new tanker, dribble bar, silage bags or separator, furthermore, if you are looking to change your parlour system to a robotic milking parlour and robotic […]

LEADER Funding; Grab it Whilst You Can

Without repeating too much of what my colleagues have said in the previous month’s newsletter, LEADER funding is coming to an end. If you have any pieces of equipment you were thinking about buying to help improve productivity on farm (Priority 1) or were considering converting a redundant barn into holiday accommodation or setting up […]