The benefits of integrating livestock into arable rotations

Event: Thursday, 23 September 2021

ADAS will be joining AHDB on the on-farm event hosted by Dyson Farming, looking at the output of an AHDB funded project which investigates the benefits of running sustainable beef systems on arable units.

Integrating beef enterprises into arable rotations provides new opportunities for both beef producers and arable farmers. For beef producers, this represents an opportunity for new entrants to the beef industry or for enterprise expansion. For arable farmers, beef cattle may be able to achieve the same or higher net margin per hectare compared to traditional arable rotations, with the additional benefits of better weed control and improved soil condition resulting from the establishment of grass leys.


The event:

The event will run five sessions, with a range of speakers and attendees who will be split into groups to work their way round each session effectively.

  • 10:00 – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:30 – Overview presented by Peter Lord
  • 11:00 – Session 1: Monitoring soil health with Lizzie Sagoo (ADAS) and Tom Storr (Dyson Farming)
  • 11:30 – Session 2: Cost benefit analysis with Mark Topliff (AHDB)
  • 12:00 – Session 3: Benefits of grass/clover and herbal leys with Helen Mathieu (Germinal)
  • 12:30 – Session 4: Practicality of intergrating livestock onto arable rotations with Rob Drysdale (Westpoint Farm Bets)
  • 13:00 – Session 5: Utilising environment schemes with Jo Knight (Dyson Farming)
  • 13:30 – Questions and lunch
  • 14:00 – Close

For more information about the event, click here.

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