Demonstrating research in practice

Published 29 May 15

DairyCo and BGS would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a joint Demonstration Farm Walk on the farm of Mr Joe Dugdale and family on Thursday 11 June in Crathorne, Yarm.

Joe and his team currently manage a 400-cow, autumn block calving herd of New Zealand Holsteins. Fresh grass is an important component of the diet and Joe is seeking to maximise profit through better utilisation of grass in the early spring, improved soil management and better resource use efficiency.

On the day there will be the opportunity to hear about:

Successful soils – dealing with soil compaction

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. Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, soils expert from Newcastle University, will be on hand to discuss the latest research results on dealing with soil compaction. Elizabeth will also give an overview of the role of soil biology in grassland systems and will discuss how we can improve sward productivity through improving soil biology.

Reseeding – reaping the rewards

With reseeding costing an estimated £550/ha it’s important to make the most out of the investment. Recently, Corps House Farm has been investigating no plough methods of grass establishment, using different drilling techniques. BGS Director, Elaine Jewkes and DairyCo’s R&D manager, Dr Debbie McConnell, will be on hand to discuss reseeding options and how to make the most of the new sward.

The meeting is a free event and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Tony Hoile by phone or text’ DEMO’ plus the number of attendees to 07500 578583. Alternatively, you can email