The Three Rivers Catchment Group toured their catchment, visiting four different wintering systems: a composting barn, grass and baleage system, cows on crop, and sheep on crop. The weather held off for us and ended at the local pub for a great feed!
The tour was a great opportunity to socialise, learn and gain new ideas for farming systems at home, particularly interesting was the innovative techniques we discovered at the composting barn. The visit to the grass/baleage system built on maintaining BCS, and balancing environmental regulation.
Observing cows and sheep on crop over the last two stops highlighted how important winter crops are to many farms across the catchment, and the amount of factors that go into a successful winter.