Are you a dairy farmer who practices rotational cell or mob grazing?
Would you be interested in looking in more detail at the impact this grazing approach is having on soil health?(particularly if you have heavy soils)
Join us for this introductory event to discuss opportunities for joining on-farm trials into mob grazing. There will be a chance to ask questions about the field lab process, discuss ideas and eventually co-design research together alongside other farmers with the support of a paid researcher.
This new field lab will kick off at Tom Gregory’s dairy farm in Dorset, where Tom will share some of the anecdotal impacts that he has witnessed from moving to a mob grazing approach - particularly on poorer less productive fields. Tom proposed the initial trial idea to Innovative Farmers and we are keen to bring other farms into the trial and also build a wider field lab group.
- The group will investigate how adapting grazing practices could be improving soil biology, structure and nutrient availability, along with sward composition and longevity.
- At this session on the 9th December, we will agree on the trial approach, what we want to test and what data to collect.
- The aim is for the trial to start in the 2022 grazing season and run for a minimum of three years.
Sarah Morgan from Harper Adams (previously Rothamsted North Wyke) will join us as the researcher on the trial and Sarah will provide some insights from the Cell Grazing project that she has been leading. Sarah will support the group with trial design, data collection and the practicalities of implementation.