Paul Cherry

Paul Cherry

2022

Paul has been farming at Weston Park Farms for 35 years with his brother John. Over the years the farm has expanded from 950 to 2,000 acres of arable (now all zero tilled) and 500 acres of pasture providing grazing for 150 head of commercial Beef Shorthorn herd of cattle. John and Paul started farming on a plough based system, but quickly moved to max-till, discing and pressing, but were aware that the heavy clay from which the farm comprises was getting more difficult to work. The window of opportunity when conditions were perfect seemed to be fewer and fewer. It was during a heavy autumn shower when they watched a neighbour’s ploughed field gradually forming rivers then gullies as the topsoil moved down the hill, while their side of the valley, still in stubble stayed put that they realised that it was time to do something.

Large Windrow Compost Demo

Compost Zone

Weston Park Farms create compost, turning muck into a more stable product. Cattle muck is mixed with woodchip to balance the C and N. The temperature is monitored to ensure it reaches 65 degrees before turning to aerate, this is done two to three times. Come and see the turner in action.

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Rainfall Simulator

Big Top

See the dramatic effect of two inches of rainfall on soils under different management regimes: no-till and cultivated, with and without cover and under permanent pasture.

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Large Windrow Compost Demo

Compost Zone

Weston Park Farms create compost, turning muck into a more stable product. Cattle muck is mixed with woodchip to balance the C and N. The temperature is monitored to ensure it reaches 65 degrees before turning to aerate, this is done two to three times. Come and see the turner in action.

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Mob Grazing Demo with Greg Judy

Demo Arena

Greg Judy will be demonstrating moving the mob on the herbal ley and answering any questions. With John & Paul Cherry (Host farmers)

Demonstration Walk
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