Lester Lavington manages Chapel Pill Farm, near the River Avon, for the Alvis family, who are producers of the award-winning Lye Cross Cheese.  Over 100 years ago the Alvis family began farming their land 7 miles from Cheddar in the tranquil Somerset Vale of Wrington and they’ve been ...
Harry Blake, aged 21, helps run a 650 acre farm near Oxford with his Mother. He’s a fifth generation farmer and his family has been farming their land in Oxfordshire since 1879. Harry was keen to leave school and get on with farming as soon as he could, and four years ago, he went to work ...

Grow Your Own Year Round Grazing

Posted: 21st February 2019

Before we took over our 107 acre experimental farm and education centre five years ago, in 2013, two thirds of land was given over to continuous crops, including spring barley, with limited amount of grassland. This was not financially viable and the soil quality was poor, with low levels of ...

Drought Resistant Forages

Posted: 21st February 2019

After last summer’s drought, and with climate change always in the headlines and further droughts an increasing concern for some UK farmers, what measures can be taken to safeguard forage supplies?  Over the past 30 years, traditional grass leys have been based on ryegrass and white ...
Rob Havard’s herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus is bred to produce breeding stock bulls, and comprises 60 sucklers, plus followers. As Rob is a member of the Pasture for Life Association (PFLA) his cattle are fed on a full forage diet, and as such, they are entirely out-wintered, an approach ...

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