The farm is located at Four Crosses, LLanymynech, Powys.
Forage quality is a key driver for the pair, who aim to feed a large proportion of homegrown forage and target a cow intake of 12-12.5kg/DM daily. In an attempt to achieve this, they have been running a multi-cut system for the last two years and place a huge focus on reseeding grassland every 4-5 years with the latest varieties.
Around 65-70% of their ration consists of maize with high-quality grass silage making up the remaining forage alongside a protected protein blend and wheat; this is grown on farm as a break crop for grass. James says they are currently 1kg/DM short of where they would like cow intakes to be and this is largely due to the fact their forage stocks are low.
During the day James will talk about the challenges of multi-cut, as well as the benefits, and will discuss how he thinks they can overcome it.
- 600 cows, expanding to 750-800
- Josh heads up their farm contracting business
- 12,000kg/MS a cow at 3.7 butterfat and 3.3% protein
- 300acres tenanted at Priddbwll
- A further 300ac owned 10 miles away in Four Crosses. This acts as the youngstock unit and is where 200ac of maize and 100ac of grass is grown.
From the south:
- Follow M40, M6 and M54 to A5 in Shropshire
- Continue on A5 to your destination in Powys
From the north:
- Follow the A5103 to M56 in Wythenshawe
- Follow on M56 to Cheshire West and Chester. Take the exit 38 from N Wales Expy/A55
- Continue on A483 to your destination in Powys
Nearest train stations:
Gobowen Station – 3 miles
Manchester Airport – 50 miles