Farm Sustainability

Farm Sustainability is a term that is being mentioned a lot recently by politicians, environmentalists, farmers, researchers and the press.  But what does this mean?  For a farmer it means passing on a viable business to the next generation, but it is not just financial viability.  It has to be a farm that is socially […]

Diverse or Herbal Swards Proving Their Worth

The benefits of including white clover in swards has been known for a long time, with clover based leys being as productive as those receiving 200 kg of Nitrogen per hectare.   With the growing interest in herbal or diverse swards more research at the University College Dublin showed the benefits of introducing up to 6 […]

Sward Repair

With the recent wet and snowy weather behind us now (hopefully), attention needs to focus on repairing damaged swards.  Damaged swards can produce >20% less dry matter in a year compared to a sward in good health.  Repairing may require a full reseed, but often over seeding or direct drilling can be just as effective. […]

Grazing Multi-Species Swards Workshop Report

A Diverse Forages Project Workshop The aim of this workshop was to bring together farmers, industry representatives, and researchers with an interest in the management of multi-species (herbal) leys to discuss best practice for grazing these pastures with cattle and sheep. With over 45 delegates, the day proved to be a great success with lively […]