Matt is interested in ways to improve the sustainability of livestock production by increasing delivery of ecosystem services from farmland. His research focuses on incorporating trees into sheep and cattle farming systems (silvopasture) and other farm management practices that increase soil carbon whilst continuing food production, such as re-integrating leys into arable rotations. Matt’s family farm sheep and beef cattle in Northumberland.
Silvopasture is an ancient practice that integrates trees and pasture into a single system for raising livestock. Research suggests silvopasture is the most effective climate change mitigation solution of all agricultural strategies (Project Drawdown). However, there are also animal welfare and productivity benefits through the provision of shelter, shade and as a valuable source of […]