Huw and Meinir Jones
Bryn, Ferwig, Cardigan
Key areas you wish to focus on as a demonstration farmer?
Maximising liveweight gain off grass: We sell our beef cattle as stores but following changes to the business we plan to finish cattle next year. We want to explore if this can be done from grass or, if not, how we will need to supplement their diet.
Paddock grazing: To make the most of grass potential, we are in our first year of paddock grazing the beef herd. It is a system I learnt about at a Farming Connect Master Grass course last year and I am keen to improve on the knowledge I have gained to date.
Johne’s control: Johne’s is a disease threat to suckler beef systems therefore protecting the health of our herd from this and other diseases is a priority for us.
To further improve soil health: We aim to maximise our farm nutrients, by returning the straw to the fields as muck, and outwintering cattle on forage crops and deferred grazing. Good soil fertility underpins everything we do so we are keen to learn how we can improve on our soils’ chemical and physical status further.
“Knowledge transfer is extremely valuable whatever sector you are involved in, this is what we are most looking forward to as Demonstration Site farmers. We go to many on-farm events and even if we only pick up one thing from that visit that we can use on our own farm then it has been very worthwhile. As Farming Connect Demonstration Farmers we will learn from others and hopefully others will learn from us.’’
– Huw and Meinir Jones