Join David Cross on a tour of his on-farm trial exploring growing lucerne to improve the resilience of sheep systems in dry arable systems.
This will be an opportunity to visit David's Innovative Farmers field lab trials looking into how growing and grazing lucerne impacts sheep health, live weight and soil organic matter.
This is the second year of the two-year trial. Lucerne is widely used as forage for sheep in New Zealand and valued for its high yield, drought tolerance, protein content, and digestible fibre. If successful, lucerne will make livestock farming more viable in drier areas previously dominated by input intensive arable production, enabling a return to mixed farming.
This year, the lucerne area is being compared to a grass, clover and herb mix as well as a legume and herb rich sward mix suitable for the GS4 option for environmental schemes.
In addition to the host-farmer David, on-hand to answer any questions will be Dr. Liz Genever, an independent sheep and beef consultant and the researcher and coordinator for this field lab.
Please note that the farm walk may involve uneven ground, please wear appropriate outdoor gear/footwear and let us know if you have any specific access requirements in advance.
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Innovative Farmers is a not for profit membership network for farmers and growers who are running on farm trials, on their own terms. Through the network, groups of farmers, advisors, researchers and businesses come together to tackle farming challenges like weed control, animal welfare and disease resistance.
The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme and is funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund through sales of Duchy Organic products in Waitrose. Innovative Farmers is supported by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association.
For the latest on field labs, please visit www.innovativefarmers.org