Are Intensive Grazing Systems Sustainable?
In 2018 Precision Grazing and Rothamsted Research with start a 2 year project to investigate the net environmental impact of TechnoGrazing vs Set-Stocking using DairyxBeef cattle. Supported by the Cornwall Agri-Tec fund the project will be based at Rothamsted's North Wyke site in Devon. Three replicates of 1ha Cell Grazing and 1.7ha Set-stocking areas will be installed to be grazed by groups of 12 Autumn born weaned calves. Systems will be managed in accordance to best practise with all inputs and outputs being measured inducing; N, P and soil particulate run-off. The systems total emissions will be compared against net production of meat which will be analysed for micro nutrient content as well as taste.
Driver for the project is to understand the influence stocking rate and management have on net environmental impact. The results will be published in a series of papers to help influence the policy of stakeholder groups and government.
There is a vacancy for a PHD student to start in Feburary 2018: https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/studentships?page=1
Glynllifon Agricultural College - Inspiring the Next Generation
Glynllifon College have become the first educational institute in the UK to install a TechnoGrazing System as part of their plan to equip their students with pasture and grazing management skills. The 21ha site has been divided by Precision Grazing into 3x7ha systems using electric fencing to create a productive and labour efficient system as well as a fantastic teaching resource.
The systems will be grazed by cattle and sheep, each group moving to new pasture every 2-4 days. The students will be involved with the day to day operation; stock movements, pasture measurement and feed allocation as well as receiving training from James Daniel (Director, Precision Grazing), learning about the principles of grazing, electric fencing and water systems. The skills gained will be incredibly valuable, allowing them to add value to family business or future employers, increasing output whilst reducing costs.