Presentation on theme: "Lyegrove Farm An Organic Dairy & Arable Farm In The Cotswolds."— Presentation transcript:
Lyegrove Farm An Organic Dairy & Arable Farm In The Cotswolds
Farmed Area Lyegrove extends to 1050acres - 880acres rented on an AHA agreement with the Beaufort Estate -170acres owned in one block 6miles to the south of Lyegrove 240 dairy cows on an all year round calving system 170acres of HLS scheme, which includes wild flower margins and wild bird seed feeding mixes. Mainly thin Cotswold Brash soils, with a small area of heavy deep clay.
Cropping Rotation 7yr Rotation 3yrs Legume (Clover or Lucerne) Winter Wheat Spring Barley Pea’s Winter/Spring Oats
Cropping Red Clover - Yields on average 25tons of Fresh Weight/ha/yr -Requires P & K applications to maintain its yields and not deplete soil indices. Lucerne - Yields on average 20tons of Fresh Weight/ha/yr -Requires P & K applications to maintain its yields and not deplete soil indices.
Cropping Wheat - Yields on average 4tons/ha -Wild Oats and Couch are the main problems especially growing for a seed contract Peas - Yields on average 3tons/ha -Source of on farm protein if they fail seed contract specification -Weeds can help to hold them up for combining
Herd Size: 240 -Breeding is Holstein/Fresian, with a trial bunch of 13 pure Fleckviehs Young stock -All dairy replacements reared on farm, we aim for a 24-26 month calving in age of which 72% of the heifers achieve. Calving index: 385days Average Yield: 8000 Average Conc: 0.29kgs/litre Butterfat: 3.80 Protein: 3.14 SCC 153 Milk Buyer: Dairy Crest Direct Organic Dairy Herd
Being an Organic Producer Reasons for Converting to Organic ? -Healthy working environment -Challenge -Profitability Biggest lessons learnt from being Organic ? -Ability of red clover and lucerne to grow consistently on our thin drought prone soil -Energy being a major limiting factor in the dairy herd -Market place restrictions, import and export
Future of Organic Farming o Profitability o Sustainability o Environmental Impact o Market place position