Meet the Facilitator at Fellside House

Elizabeth MooreHello I’m Elizabeth Moore, the farm facilitator for Fellside House Farm farmed by Ken, Mandy and Chris Pears.

I work for Cumbria Farmer Network organising the farm’s open days and business group meetings which have been well attended by local farmers who have given good feedback on how they are looking to make changes to their own businesses.

Updates from the farm and future events will be posted below, encouraging other farmers to look at their own businesses and hopefully plan for a profitable future.

Please contact me for further information on how you can join in at future meetings…

Tel: 016973 71608 or E-mail: elizabeth@thefarmernetwork.co.uk

Tweaks to system have had a big effect

Chris and Ken Pears

Chris and Ken Pears

A Cumbrian beef and sheep farming family has met the objectives set out four years ago to improve the output from their enterprise at 1,000ft above sea level on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

When the Pears family of Fellside House, Caldbeck, signed up as a monitor farm with the RDPE North West Livestock Programme in 2009, increasing suckler cow numbers and herd efficiency as well as improving the productivity of the sheep flock were among the main objectives – but, as a priority, Ken and Mandy Pears wanted to secure the future for their son, Chris.

Fellside House is an upland 107 ha (265 acre) farm with grazing rights on Caldbeck common. The land is all Severely Disadvantaged with an average of 70 inches of rainfall a year.

Open Day: Ken explans to the group some of the changes they've made

Open Day: Ken explans to the group some of the changes they've made

The suckler herd now numbers 55 Limousin cross British Blue cows and there are 560 breeding ewes, comprising 230 Swaledales bred pure, 210 Swaldedales bred to the Bluefaced Leicester to produce North of England Mules and 120 Mules put to the Texel and the Suffolk ram to produce finished lambs.

Objectives achieved

“We have achieved our objectives which four years ago was part of an ongoing process for the farm. But what the monitor farm involvement has given us has been access to specialists – and the confidence to continue,” said Ken Pears.

“Our aims were not to change anything dramatically but simply to make a few ‘tweaks’ to the system – but a few ‘tweaks’ can have a big effect,” he added.

“A lot of us beef and sheep producers have been going along quite happily but not looking at our input costs such as feed and fertiliser. Now we are looking at maximising our ability to grow grass as well as improving the productivity from our cattle and sheep.

“We need to ensure that the cows don’t disappear from marginal and upland areas and I think the project has shown that a few adjustments can make a difference and, hopefully, encourage people to keep cows in the hills.”     Ken Pears

The Limousin British Blue cross suckler herd has been increased from 50 to 55 to spread fixed costs and, as well as a Limousin bull, a British Blue bull is also now used on the herd.

Keeping cows in the hills

The aim is to breed more heifer replacements to improve bio-security and to tighten the calving period to maximise the number of heifers bulled at two years old to improve efficiency.

Calving for the last two years has been in a tight nine week period with the bulls going out on July 7. Because the cows are 7/8ths bred, the aim is to calve then at a condition score of 2.5 and are batched in three groups according to condition and fed on silage during winter housing.

“We hadn’t considered calving heifers at two years old, but on the advice of SAC’s Rhidian Jones, one of the first experts we talked to for the project, he convinced us that it would be achievable and of the benefits gained,” said Ken.

“We have had heifers that have calved at two years old and have grown into good, mature cows. Letting them run on to calve at three means these beefy cows can get too big for our farm – we’re looking for a cow with a mature weight of 650-675kg – and it saves on a year’s costs of keeping them and utilising their potential as soon as possible.

“We have been surprised at how well they have got back in calf – but the younger the animal, the more fertile they are. Weighing the heifers at bulling time at 14-15 months old has been critical. Heifers going to the bull are weighing around 440kg.”

Weighing and reducing feeding costs

Purchasing a cattle weighing facility with the help of a NW Livestock Programme grant in 2010 has been key to monitoring and improving the performance of the cattle, including batching the calves for more accurate feeding.

Another aim was to reduce feeding costs by condition scoring to better target feeding rates and to use more silage and straw in the rations to reduce concentrate use.

Specific advice on condition scoring and silage analysis has enabled more straw and silage to be used in cattle rations.

Steer and heifer calves are sold at Hopes Auction Company, Wigton, at three sales in March and May, at an average 13.5 months old weighing 440kg and making more than £1,000 a head.

Maximise calves sold – calving at two years old

SAC beef specialist Gavin Hill said running a beef herd to breed replacements as well as producing store cattle was asking the bull to be a “Jack of all trades”. He also said it was important to maximise the number of calves sold not just the prices achieved which meant getting fertility right.

He warned that producers looking to reduce their calving pattern should do so with extreme care over a period of years. If a higher proportion of the herd is calving down late, then taking the bulls out early will have a high number of barren cows.

Calving at two years old should prove more profitable, but the decision had to be based on breed, environment, climate and land type as well as how the suckler enterprise was managed, he said.

Finishing lambs by August

Vet Alistair Reid of Bell Vue Vets, Wigton, said the objective of improving the productivity of  the sheep flock had been to finish a higher percentage of lambs by the beginning of August, maximise the use of forage and reduce lamb losses from abortion.

A vaccination programme against toxoplasmosis and enzootic abortion, both of which have caused losses in successive lambings, has reduced lamb losses

Traditionally, the farm maintained a pure-bred Swaledale flock and sold Mule gimmer lambs. For the last decade, Mules have been retained and crossed with a terminal sire to produce prime lambs which Ken says has worked well.

Batches of lambs have been creep fed, enabling finishing three weeks earlier than those without creep.

A Suffolk ram was used for the first time this year and its performance is now being looked at against the Texel.

Last year’s silage quality was greatly improved following soil testing by Promar and following the resulting nutrient management programme. Tests at Fellside House showed that the land had sufficient phosphate and potash and as a result straight nitrogen was applied instead of a compound fertiliser.

This saved on fertiliser costs but also the improved forage quality saved on concentrate costs during the winter.

Nutrient Management

Promar has carried out 50 nutrient management plans as part of the North West Livestock Programme over the last year and senior consultant Andrew Suddes said these had flagged up that most had a pH lower than 5.5 due to the two wet summers and were in need of lime. Organis manure was the cheapest way to boost phosphate and potash, he said.

Under the programme, tests are still available until early autumn at £150 plus vat for 20 field tests and a nutrient management plan.

* Neighbouring farmer Gordon Watson, of Paddygill, Caldbeck has found among the benefits of attending the meetings at Fellside House, better management of his slurry on the advice of using SlurryBugs.

Mr Watson runs 28 suckler cows and 220 sheep on a former dairy unit . “It has been cost effective to use, saving on diesel to stir the slurry and prevent a crust as well as my time. It also makes the slurry more consistent when it comes to spreading it,” he said.

 

Sheep enterprise:

                                  2010               2011               2012

Ewes at scanning     574                 561                 569

Lambs at scanning   859                 743                 856

Scanning%                150%             132%              150%

% lambs lost              23%                4%                  6%

% lambs reared        115%             127%              141%

Lambs sold Aug 1     0                     47                   50

Conc ewes/head      17.72kg         15.56kg          12.32kg

 

 

Beef enterprise:

                                  2010               2011               2012

Cows in herd             48                   51                   52

Calving period           13wks             11wks             9wks

Heifers retained         3                     6                     2

Av calf weaning wt      -                    345kg              345kg

Av calf sale wt             -                    422kg              425kg

Av sale price             £763               £809                 £915

Visit to see finished stores and discuss feed efficiency

Visit to Greenhill Farm, Wigton, courtesy of Messrs Little.

This farm visit was part of the Monitor Farm Business Group follow up to the sale of suckled calves from Fellside House Farm, through the local auction mart at Wigton.

Farmers on the lower ground such as Messrs Little of Greenhill Farm buy in weaned calves, including some from the Monitor Farm, to finish for the local butchers and wholesalers. All finished cattle are sold through the auction marts.

Geoff Little explained the feeding regime, which is based on homegrown barley and mixed on farm with a bought in high protein feed. The feed is available 24 hours through self-feed hoppers. All the bought in cattle are sourced at the local Cumbria Marts mostly as forward stores. The farm also has a herd of 80 limousin suckler cows.

Until this year mostly heifer and steer calves have been bought, but in the future Geoff intends to buy more entire male cattle. He is finding that they finish more quickly on this diet and a market is readily available. This change in policy may have implications on the management of suckler cow enterprises such as at Fellside House.

When asked if he preferred any particular breed or cross Geoff said that the condition of the animal is more important to him than breed. He prefers to buy cattle which are well fleshed and will finish easily.

Quite a number of the cattle had been sourced from members of the Business Group as well as from the Monitor Farm, they were asked to try and identify which of the cattle had been bred on their farms.

Following this informative visit to Geoff’s farm, everyone was invited to the Greenhill Hotel to listen to guest speaker Martin Brown, Regional Technical Advisor from BOCM Pauls.

Martin’s presentation discussed how to maximise feed efficiency, particularly during the finishing stage and how best to achieve maximum output from minimum input. The local BOCM sales representaive, Philip Maitland, organised the speaker.

Younger, faster more profitable beef

Martin explained that in order to maximise feed efficiency, farmers should look to carefully analyse factors on farm which are controllable such as feed type and quality at the various growth stages and adjust these accordingly as well as taking into account the cost of producing a beef product required for the current market.  Factors such as feed prices and end product price are out of the farmer’s control.

 Food conversion efficiencies vary at different weights and as the animals weight increases the amount of food needed to put on a kilo can increase dramatically by as much as 75p to £3 a kilo liveweight, demonstrating that the finishing period is the most expensive part of the process  and money is lost on every kilo gained on finishing so if this part can be kept to as short a period of time as possible by feeding the most efficient feed during this time then maximum output for minimum input becomes more achievable. One week less in finishing can save around 60kg of feed worth £15 per animal, on a batch of 25 animals this is worth £375 per day.

Influences of feed type on target sector grading

Interestingly, only 39.9% of deadweight falls into the target sector with 60% falling outside, 72% of those falling outside were fed a non –specific beef diet during finishing compared to where a specific beef diet was fed  80% of producers achieved over 85% of cattle being in the target sector.

The more fibre that is fed, the more methane is produced, the more energy is lost and the less efficient the food becomes

Most farmers will have found that their silage made this year will have been wetter with lower nutrient levels and Martin explained that there are some feed additives that may help with this problem by taking into account the digestive process and what actually happens to the food.

 Levucell is a yeast product that may be added to the diet to help improve rumen health by counteracting the lactic acid produced by starch feeds. It also unlocks the fibre strands of grass silage, making it more easily digested to improve feed efficiency. In recent trials, 7 to 15% showed improved growth during finishing with better conformation and yield and fewer associated rumen health problems.

 Lintec, which is processed linseed helps to reduce methane production by as much as 38% and aids fibre digestion. This promotes feed efficiency with improved feed conversion rates, thereby improving margins, increasing profit and producing more meat from less feed.

 He also informed us that by merely changing the way feed is presented can reduce the time needed to finish by 65 days. He advised that changes in diet should be introduced slowly by at least a fortnight as disturbing the environment in the rumen for the billions of bacteria present there will do more harm than good as they need to time to adapt to change. The bacteria are responsible for breaking down the food and digesting the fibre in the diet, the bugs and the protein produced by the fermentation process are the primary protein source for cattle.

Martin concluded that in order to make the process more profitable, finishing time should be kept to a minimum, stock should be checked for daily live weight gain in order to monitor and be able to make necessary changes to the diet and feed should be balanced with specific diets for the individual to maximise feed efficiency.

Ensus update

Martin informed us that the Ensus plant is supposedly about to start the process of grinding the wheat any day and that this should start to ferment and distill over the next few days with the first distillers wheat being ready for the first week of September. He said that this would only be providing they start production and not decide to continue mothballing

After the presentation a supper was provided by the Greenhill Hotel.

Changing your heifer replacement policy

Greystoke Farm VisitFellside House Farm’s heifer replacement policy was the topic for discussion at the Cumbria Beef and Sheep Monitor Farm business club held on 30th November 2011.

Fellside House has, up to the present, bought in heifers with calves at foot to replace cows which have been culled. This policy is being changed to one where homebred heifers are being served to calve at two years old.

Factors, taken into consideration include the increasing cost of buying replacements as numbers become restricted and improving farm biosecuity.

cumbria bf mon fm technical articleMore details are given in a technical article by Rhidian Jones of SAC Consulting available here >>

All options are currently under discussion and the monitor farm business club event hosted at Greystoke Castle Farm focused on the problems of finding replacements for suckler herds.

The event was by kind invitation of David Lawton who manages the farm and is an active member of the Monitor Farm Discussion Group. The farm maintains a suckler herd of 250 spring calving cows and Charolais bulls are used throughout the herd. These produce faster growing, heavier calves that are weaned and sold through Longtown Auction Mart at the autumn suckler and store cattle sales.

David gave the group of 40 farmers, who attended the open day, a guided tour of the homestead where the suckler cows and bulls are housed for the winter.

At Greystoke Castle, replacement heifers are both home reared and bought in. The farm purchases heifers from farms of known health status. These are served to calve at three years old and kept on a low cost diet which maintains growth without them becoming over fat. One batch of heifers was visited on land that is 1000 feet above sea level on the edge of Greystoke Forest.

Following lunch in Greystoke Village Hall, Rhidian Jones of SAC Consulting gave a presentation on the various options of providing heifer replacements for suckler herds. This prompted animated discussion from those who had differing methods of managing their herds.

The preferred age for calving heifers was a key point of discussion with the room being equally divided between two years, two ½ years and three years. In all cases the key was to maintain the growth of the heifer without their becoming too fleshy.

The younger the heifer the more importance of careful management to ensure they calved easily and were in a fit condition to be served again. It is preferable to manage the heifers separately to the rest of the herd.

Farmers were asked for their preferred systems of acquiring replacements – the majority were equally divided between buying through local auction marts or having closed herds rearing their own replacements. One farm bought from an accredited breeder and two from a single source on farm. Those who bought in bulling heifers were equally divided between buying from dairy and beef herds.

A final discussion focused on the suggestion that replacement heifers could be reared on a single farm for a number of suckler herds. It was considered to be a good idea in principle but would be hard to put into practice.

On the plus side the farm rearing the heifers would have a traceable health and breed status – the problem would be putting a value on the heifers once reared without them being sold through an auction market. This could then result in the original farms needing the replacements being out bid by other farmers. Those interested said they would consider the option.

The conclusion of the meeting was that farmers should consider the circumstances on their own farm before deciding to change how they replace culled suckler cows.

Open Day Report – Flock Management

The farm Open Day focused on three key factors in managing a profitable Sheep Enterprise:

- On-farm assessment and selection of prime lambs.
- The importance of blood testing for trace elements and vitamin deficiencies.
- Feed rations using homegrown silage for finishing hill lambs.

The event was attended by over 30 farmers and a number of representatives from local Agricultural Merchants.

Ken Pears, the monitor farmer, provided three different breeds –mule lambs out of swaledale ewes, texel lambs out of mule ewes and pure bred swaledale fell lambs.

Prime lamb selection

Steve Powdrill, National Selection Specialist with EBLEX, gave a presentation on how the different levels of fat cover and overall confirmation can vastly reduce or increase the value of the carcase.

When selling through the live market it is essential to sort lambs into lots which meet the same criteria fat cover and confirmation. Mixed lots of lambs suit no one buyer and could therefore bring a reduced price per kilo.

Always assess your lambs regularly and target your market. Steve then demonstrated how to assess the confirmation and fat levels of individual lambs pointing to five main areas: shoulder, loin, dock, rib and breast.

It is important to handle lambs carefully so as not to bruise the flesh. He also pointed out that under Meat Hygiene Service dirty sheep cannot be slaughtered. – always present stock in a clean condition.

The farmers were then presented with four marked lambs to classify into which fat class and confirmation class they fitted. After much deliberation one local farmer and sheep breeder agreed exactly with Steve’s assessment.

The farmers then moved to the village hall for supper followed by a presentation by the farm vet, Alistair Reid of Belle Vue Vets, Wigton.

Trace elements and deficiency

Blood samples from the ewes had been taken during August and tested for trace element deficiencies in copper, cobalt and selenium.
No deficiencies were shown from these samples.

Alistair described some of the symptoms which can be shown when deficiencies occur – particularly at tupping time when ewes may not come in season, or not be in as good a condition as expected or particularly with copper deficiency resulting in swayback in lambs at or soon after birth.

Cobalt deficiency can be corrected by either giving a bolus or Vitamin B12 injection which is then stored in the body. Copper deficiency should only be treated when diagnosed from blood samples and only use one form of supplement – over dosing of copper can be fatal.

Other possible deficiencies can be iodine, which can be supplemented before tupping, and selenium. Selenium deficiency can cause infertility and/or lambs which are weak at birth and have a poor growth rate.

Blood testing of ewes within 8 to 12 weeks before tupping and using the correct supplement, if necessary, can show a significant improvement in lambing percentage

Finishing lambs inside

Carrs Billington Agriculture had carried out the silage analysis and two of their representatives, Stephen and Ryan, used this information to suggest rations using silage and concentrate feed to finish fell lambs inside.

Lambs should be introduced to silage and concentrate before being housed to avoid setbacks in growth rate with the sudden change in diet.

Lambs should be given a worm drench at housing. At first, with a live weight of 25-30kg, feed with a ration of 1kg of silage a day plus up to 0.7kg of a 15-16% protein concentrate feed – the feed should be increased gradually as the lambs grow.

Access to straw bedded area is desirable. The higher protein will balance the rather lower protein content of this years silage. It is important that the silage is fed a little and often as lambs prefer fresh clean silage. Ensure that clean water is available at all times and that there is sufficient trough space for each lamb.

When a live weight of over 36kg is reached, either the well-fleshed lambs can be sold if the market wants this weight of lamb, or the balance of the ration can be changed to include more concentrate and less silage to finish the lambs.

The silage intake will reduce gradually as the concentrate feed is increased. A slightly lower protein concentrate can be used, as one with higher starch content will ensure the lambs put on weight more quickly.

Feeding a 14% protein mix with silage will finish lambs. Feed should be increased slowly until the lambs are eating 1kg per day or until they reach their target weight and condition.

The three speaker’ topics were complimentary to each other having covered all areas of sheep management from having the ewes in good condition before tupping to making sure the finished lambs are in the best condition for the targeted market.

Open Day at Fellside House – Sept 19th (Sheep Event)

Fellside House Farm – Monday 19th September 4.30pm

This event will focus on three aspects of sheep husbandry:

Firstly the importance of knowing how selecting finished lambs for specific markets can improve gross margins.

Steve Powdrill, National Selection Specialist with Eblex will lead this presentation/demonstration. Three pens of different lambs will be put forward.
Will you agree with the specialist?

Later the meeting will move to the Village Hall for a buffet supper and discussion with Alistair Reid the Farm Vet on the results of blood samples taken from the ewes regarding any trace element deficiencies.

The third topic, led by Carrs Billington Agriculture, is the proposed use of silage as a basis of the diet to finish the fell lambs.

The results of the analysis of this year’s silage will be available.

Booking is Essential: Telelphone Elizabeth Moore 016973 71608 or
e-mail: town.head@tiscali.co.uk

Open Day Report – Condition scoring important to maintain fertility

FINE-TUNING the diets of in-calf cows and in-lamb ewes to improve efficiency came under the spotlight at Fellside House Farm’s Open Day.

At the Northwest Livestock Programme beef and sheep monitor farm open day (from left to right) Alistair Reid of Belle Vue Vets at Wigton, SAC beef and sheep specialist Rhidian Jones, monitor farmers Chris, Ken and Mandy Pears.

At the Northwest Livestock Programme beef and sheep monitor farm open day (from left to right) Alistair Reid of Belle Vue Vets, Wigton, SAC beef and sheep specialist Rhidian Jones, Monitor farmers Chris, Ken and Mandy Pears.

The RDPE Northwest Livestock Programme beef and sheep monitor farm, farmed by Ken and Mandy Pears and their son Chris, carries a herd of 50 continental suckler cows and 560 ewes on 265 acres.

The open day provided an opportunity for farmers to see what the monitor farm project is about, to look at what has been discussed so far and possibly attend future meetings on improving farm performance.

SAC beef and sheep specialist Rhidian Jones told the meeting, organised on behalf of the Livestock Programme by Cumbria Farmer Network and attended by more than 35 farmers, that condition scoring was important to maintain fertility and to use scarce feed supplies efficiently.

Lower costs, reduced losses…

“Acting on the condition score of your stock will increase the number of calves and lambs you wean, lower your costs and reduce your losses – at no cost to your business,” said Mr Jones.

Critical Events

NWLivestockFellside3SHe advised setting target condition scores for critical events – mating, weaning, calving/lambing, housing and turnout.

“For most suckler cows and sheep, target scores for all the herd or flock can be achieved using the same total feed but distributing it more accurately – by giving more feed to animals under target score and less to those over target,” he said.

Using the example of the suckler cows at Fellside House, Mr Jones said energy requirements six to eight weeks off calving were 75MJ a day, rising to 100MJ at calving.

Some of this could be met by utilising body condition to save on feed costs and ensure cows don’t calve too fat, which can lead to calving problems.

Ken Pears, centre, describes his sheep management to farmers attending the monitor farm open day.

Ken Pears, centre, describes his sheep management to farmers attending the monitor farm open day.

At Fellside House, calving is from early April in a 16-week period with the aim of reducing it by two to four weeks. The calves were weaned in mid-January.

Mr Jones recommended splitting the cows into three different groups if management, buildings and herd size allowed. If restricting silage intake was difficult because of the system, leaving the calf on the cow for another couple of months also helps manage body condition.

An easy skill to learn…

“Condition scoring is an easy to learn skill,” he said. “You don’t have to be 100 per cent accurate, but the more accurate you can be, the better. While it is a subjective assessment the descriptions of each body condition, devised by the Hill Farm Research Organisation in the 1970s, are quite specific.”

The Pears’ vet Alistair Reid, of Belle Vue Vets, in Wigton, demonstrated the skill of condition scoring. He completed the original Animal Health Plan for the farm.

At Fellside House because the grass is slower to grow, the spring calvers tend to be kept in better condition, which Mr Jones said was fine as long as easy calving bulls were used and the odd difficult calving was accepted by the Pear’s.

“If cows are turned out too lean after calving and there is not enough grass they have a much shorter period of time to recover condition when the grass does come. It’s about management of the cow throughout the year,” said Mr Jones.

Taking the guesswork out of weighing

The Pears, with the aid of a performance grant from the programme, have invested in a cattle weigh crush which has taken the guesswork out of the weight of heifers which are now being bulled to calve at two years old.

The crush can also be used to weigh bales of straw and silage for more accurate feeding.

Youngstock weighing between 385kg and 400kg are fed 10kg of silage a day with heifers, some of which will be retained as herd replacements, receiving 2kg concentrates a day and bullocks 3kg.

Knowing the weight of the cattle has enabled savings of 1/2kg a head/day of concentrate costing around £220 a tonne. Knowing the quality of the silage also helps in this respect

NWLivestockFellside5SThe Mule ewes at Fellside House average 75kg with maintenance requirements of eight to nine MJ a day rising to 18-20MJ at lambing. The body condition score target is 3-3.5 at tupping reducing to 2.5 at lambing to help reduce lambing problems.

Mr Jones said one of the difficulties with feeding compound feeds was that manufacturers were not obliged to declare the energy content but this was very important. The energy content should be at least 12MJ (barley has an ME of 12.5 to 13).

One way to help assess the energy content was to check that high quality ingredients such as cereals, soya and beet pulp were at the top of the inclusion list of the compound feed.

‘Perfect’ mix

A perfect home-mix would be 60 per cent cereal, probably barley, 20 per cent soya, 17.5 to 20per cent beet pulp and 2-3 per cent minerals.

“The biggest issue with ewes in the last two to three weeks of pregnancy is the requirement for undegradable protein (UDP) which by-passes the rumen,” said Mr Jones.

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“Soya in terms of protein feed has the highest amount of UDP and while the ideal inclusion of soya is 20 per cent, in most compounds the level is more likely to be five or six per cent.

“If you think you have a problem with your concentrate, don’t stop feeding it at a late stage of pregnancy but top up the diet with 200g/hd/day of soya, even at £350 a tonne. It will give strong vigorous lambs and ensure the ewe produces high quality colostrum.”

More about Fellside House Farm…

The cows at Fellside House are mainly three quarter Limousins or Limousin cross British Blue, all being crossed with two Limousin bulls. Some herd replacements are reared, with others bought in as heifers with calves. Cattle are housed in cubicles, on slats.

The sheep are split into three flocks, 230 Swaledales on the fell, with draft ewes crossed with the Bluefaced Leicester and North of England Mule progeny crossed with the Texel.

The all grassland farm has common grazing rights and 60 acres of cropping land with one cut of silage taken at the end of June.

Open Day at Fellside House – Feb 21st

THE AGENDA: Review of Condition of Cattle and Feeding Regime / Importance of Budgeting and Monitoring of Farm Enterprises / Review Online Bench Marking / Options to Reduce Input Costs / Improvement in Grass Utilisation

MonitorFarmOpen Day CumbriaThe event will be led by Rhidian Jones, Sheep and Beef Specialist SAC Consulting and Alistair Reid, Belle Vue Vets

When: MONDAY February 21st 11am – 3pm
Where: Fellside House Farm, Caldbeck CA7 8HA

Please book your place by Saturday 19th February – HOT LUNCH provided
Telephone Elizabeth Moore – Tel: 016973 71608
or
e-mail: bookings@thefarmernetwork.co.uk