Archive: BGS Demo Farms demonstrate Research into Practice

Published 17 October 14

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Alleviating soil compaction is top of the list at the BGS-DairyCo Demo Farm Walk on Thursday 13 November at Joe Dugdale’s Crop House Farm in Yarm. 

The day will be a hands-on, practical guide to dealing with soil compaction in grass leys. On the day, Dr Debbie McConnell, DairyCo research and development manager, and Dr George Fisher, BGS manager, will talk about the farm’s strategy to alleviate soil compaction. Plus the latest research from the farm on the effects of sward lifting, aeration and more radical approaches to improving soil structure, while Joe will give an update on the overall farm policy. 

Joe, who is a DairyCo/BGS Demonstration Partnership Farmer, currently manages a 400 cow, autumn blocs calving herd of New Zealand Holsteins. Maximising milk production from grazed grass is top of his agenda, so ensuring that he is grazing good quality swards is a key priority for the business.    

Corps House Farm is located on clay loam soils which are prone to compaction. In line with research undertaken at SRUC and HAU, the farm is trialling slit and sward lifting aeration techniques to remediate areas of compaction and assessing their impact on grass yield. 

For more information or to sign up to this free event, contact Tony Hoile on 07500 578583 or 

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