Farmers to make more from grass

Farmers in and Galloway are invited to attend the next South West Grazing group meeting on Tuesday 16 June.

The meeting, which will be free to attend and open to all, is one of six regional grazing group meetings being held around Scotland organized by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The meeting will start at Glenluce Hall at 10am, with expert speaker Rhidian Jones from SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College) talking about ‘Feed Budgeting and Rotational Grazing’.

The group will then move to nearby Challochmun Farm after lunch for a farm tour and an opportunity to hear what changes Ean Stewart has made since the last meeting.

There is strong data showing that with grass-based systems, the closer a business match its stock demand with grass supply in line, the more profitable that business will be.

Michael Blanche, Knowledge Transfer Specialist at QMS encouraged local farmers to attend.

“Grass is a resource which is too often not utilised to its full potential on livestock farms,” said Mr Blanche.

“However, more and more livestock farmers are becoming aware of the potential to improve their profitability through better grass management. This meeting will showcase what Ean and his family are doing to get more from their grass and give farmers guidance on how to improve their own grass production.”

Ean Stewart runs the farm in partnership with his mother, Sheila, farming 510 acres of which 310 are owned and 200 acres rented on a seasonal basis. Situated on the coast with some fields sloping down to the shore, the area has a reputation for exceptional grass growth benefiting from the mild temperatures brought through by the Gulf Stream.

Challochmun carries 90 Limousin cross British Blue Suckler cows that calve in the spring to the Limousin Bull. In addition, Mr Stewart purchases 200 suckled calves to finish, which means that he and his stockman look after 500 head through each winter.

Mr Stewart aims to provide a regular supply of high quality butcher type cattle between 520kg-550kg liveweight selling through Ayr Auction Mart.

The meeting will begin at 10am and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend please contact QMS on 0131 472 4040 or email info@qmscotland.co.uk

More information on this project and other QMS events can be found at www.qmscotland.co.uk