As the cold snap started we brought our cattle home from pasture to start feeding on their winter rations.
The winter feed comprises of bales of forage made in the summer and the grazing of cover crops on the arable land.
We grow Turnips and Radish following the harvest of our barley and potatoes and these grow ready for winter as feed for the cattle.
This process has may advantages, clearly it feeds the cattle, but also and more importantly it generates organic matter in the soil locking in the carbon.
This is recently being promoted by the government as their sustainable farming incentive. But we’ve been doing it for years and the result of which is a better arable crop the following year. So its fair to say that it’s a Win Win situation.