The Mow Down: Autumn Hay Leys

Posted: 20th August 2019

We are finding more and more interest in planting temporary grass leys for hay and haylage. Predominantly the forage produced is destined for the equine market, a growing sector, but there are subtle differences in what the end user is looking for, often depending on personal preference as well as ...
Though herbal leys are traditionally used as forage with regular movement of stock to keep on top of the growth, our Simple Herbal ley is also designed to be a great cutting ley.  Cutting leys naturally get less frequent management and produce a higher yield. You obviously don’t want to ...

As Featured on BBC Countryfile

Posted: 29th July 2019

Cotswold Seeds’ Sainfoin and FarmED’s expert beekeeper Chris Wells of Cotswold Bees both featured on BBC Countryfile on Saturday. Adam Henson talked to Chris about the sainfoin at Cotswold Farm Park and its benefits as a resource for pollinators, but sainfoin, otherwise known as ...

Grasses for Alpacas

Posted: 8th July 2019

Alpacas have become increasingly familiar animals in the British countryside in recent years. One farmer explained that this is because: ‘They are pets, grass cutters, companion and guard animals, quality fibre producers and profitable breeders. They can be a side-line, or a highly rewarding ...

Herbs for Herbivores

Posted: 4th July 2019

Great blog from Pipers Farm {image 1} It comes as a surprise to many that the grass beneath our feet is the UK’s biggest crop. The temperate climate, both warm and wet relative to other parts of the world, makes it the ideal environment for growing the green stuff, and especially so in the ...

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