The numerous opportunities for collaboration between arable and livestock enterprises have been highlighted in a new guide issued by AHDB.
With both the economic and environmental sustainability of UK farming systems under the microscope, the ‘Livestock and the arable rotation’ guide looks to inspire farmers to work together for mutual benefit.
The guide covers the extensive opportunities available, including the grazing of arable land, growing crops for silage or hay and arranging muck-for-straw deals and is targeted at managers of arable-based systems who are thinking about such opportunities for the first time.
Teresa Meadows, AHDB knowledge exchange manager says: “Many arable farmers want to optimise the long-term productivity of their land and this means getting the rotation right.
“Working with livestock enterprises can help diversify income streams, spread production risks and play a role in improving soil health and reducing weed burdens.”
The guide provides top-line information and signposts to numerous resources that provide the detail necessary to forge specific agreements.
The guide, along with links to further resources, can be accessed via cereals.ahdb.org.uk/livestock