David has experience working on and managing a beef and sheep units in New Zealand and North America, where lucerne is widely used. Now, David runs a sheep flock within the arable enterprise on the tenanted family farm situated in northwest Norfolk. The farm is largely light alkaline soils over chalk making is susceptible to drought in the summer.
David is keen to integrate legumes, particularly lucerne into the rotation to reduce his dependence on granular fertilisers, alongside improving soil health while strengthening the grazing enterprises resilience to seemingly ever changeable weather patterns.
David is a new AHDB Beef and Lamb Monitor Farmer and has worked on trials with other organisations, such as an Innovative Farmers field lab.
Farmers across the UK are rising to the challenges of increased fertiliser costs and extreme weather by diversifying their pastures. Not only are they finding they can improve farm profitability by safeguarding forage supply but they are also providing public goods by building soil health, increasing biodiversity and storing carbon. This session will hear from […]