Fedw Arian Uchaf, Rhyd Uchaf, Y Bala, Gwynedd
Focus Site Project: Maximising output on an organic hill farm
- Maximise dry matter output from productive areas of the hill farm through looking at grass and forage crop options, primarily for grazing.
- Identifying less productive areas (steep slopes and near ditches) and exploring options such as tree planting to gain additional habitats and shelter.
- Achieve a return on investment.
What will be done:
Following soil analysis, a 8 hectare field that has been in short term ley will be split into 3 areas and planted in late August/early September with
- Italian ryegrass
- Forage rye
Dry matter production (through exclusion cages) and grass quality (samples sent for analysis) will be monitored at 3 different stages:-
- late autumn grazing
- early spring grazing
- silage cut
Geraint Jones, Farming Connect Forestry Technical Officer will also evaluate the farm and create a woodland management plan to highlight areas where tree planting may be an option, and advise on most appropriate varieties and management.