CANCELLED Grazing Cover Crops with Sheep - Field Lab Meeting

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CANCELLED Grazing Cover Crops with Sheep - Field Lab Meeting

Event date: 31/03/2020 10:30 - 14:30 Export event

Due to recent updates on the COVID-19 virus, this event has now been cancelled.

Tuesday 31 March 2020
10.30am – 12.30pm
Hainey Farm
Barway Road


Cover cropping ahead of spring drilling can help protect soils over-winter, reduce nutrient losses and return organic matter. Grazing of cover crops by sheep can potentially reduce feed costs, return nitrogen in a readily available form and reduce the reliance on glyphosate to terminate cover crops. However, if not managed correctly, grazing can damage soil structure thereby increasing the risk of run-off and soil erosion. Selecting the correct cover crop species is crucial and must consider both impacts on livestock performance and any rotational conflicts with the following cash crop.

This trial, sponsored by AHDB, considers the impact of grazing the cover crop before re-sowing, providing much-needed feed at low cost and at a critical time of year so that we can make good use of the fertility left behind. 

Farmers who may be interested in joining this field lab are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the issues and set out initial plans for a methodology.

What makes for the perfect cover crop?

  • Single species or mixed, whilst keeping the costs down?
  • When is the ideal time to sow and when is it too late?
  • Soil temperature profile vs. establishment
  • How best can we create a cover crop to protect the soil after maize?
  • What’s the best way to introduce cover-crops?
  • What will you try? Slurry injector into winter barley stubble or broadcast over the crop - before harvest!
  • How best can we graze the crop to make the most of it, whilst protecting the soil and avoiding erosion?

How to book

To find out more about Innovative Farmers, our live and concluded field labs, and the support available click here.

Places are limited and booking is essential. By registering to attend you are expressing an interest in joining the field lab group and participating in the trial.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Swinn on 0117 987 4572 or email

Due to recent updates on the COVID-19 virus, this event has now been cancelled.

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