THE WINNER of the annual all- Wales grassland management competition was Gethin Brown of Home Farm, Stackpole, Pembroke, a member of Cleddau Grassland Society.
The competition is organised by the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies in conjunction with RWAS and sponsored by HSBC and the trophy is presented to the winner at the Royal Welsh Show. Home Farm consists of 356ha in total – 287ha of pasture, 50ha of environmental grazing on wetlands and sand dunes, 9ha of fodder beet and 10ha of spring barley. Virtually the whole farm is in an NVZ. The dairy enterprise is based on a spring calving herd on a grazing platform where all stock is paddock grazed on 24-hour allocations. There are currently 550 cows in milk, 300 in-calf heifers and 420 calves. Average yield last year was 5,200 litres @8.1 per cent solids giving 437kg/ms/cow. Judges Heather McCalman, Euryn Jones and last year’s winner Dafydd Jones agreed that Gethin Brown was a clear winner – “adopting new technology whilst farming with a clear strategic business focus. “He pays attention to a wide range of practical details to maximise profitable milk production for grazed grass”.