National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 September 2014

17 Young Farmers have gained vital knowledge of grassland management, thanks to the British Grassland Society.

Eastfield Farm in Somerset played host to the Grassland Farmer of the Future Training Day. The event saw a range of experts speak about how to improve grassland management and increase profitability of farms.

The delegates learnt about a wide range of topics, including planning a ley, grassland farming in the beef and sheep sector and grassland nutrient management.

The training was held after a similarly successful event in 2013 and was worth 5 Dairy Pro CPD points to those taking part.

Charlotte Bolton, from Whimple & Broadclyst YFC, was one of those in attendance. She said: "The grassland training event organised by BGS and NFYFC has heightened the need for grassland management within the dairy, beef and sheep industries.

"Showing how the correct implementation of seed variety and mixture, re-seeding programmes, the timing of nutrient application and the reduction of soil compaction aids the productivity of grass, resulting in improved yields in milk and meat production. The tour around the Seniors dairy farm highlighted how these methods are combined and implemented within a productive business to gain maximum profit from grass and forage."

The free training was made possible thanks to generous funding from Defra.


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