Kevin Green

1 February 2002

Kevin Green

Kevin Green farms 128ha

(320 acres) near Carmarthen

in west Wales, in partnership

with his wife Lynwen. They

currently run 300 spring

calving cows and followers.

Their aim is to maximise

output from grazing

BLOCK calving certainly has its benefits, no milking for two months over Christmas and lying in bed until 8am. The family spent New Year in Scotland, they are a hardy breed wearing kilts at -10C.

While there, we viewed beef cattle on a stand-off pad. They were far healthier than the coughing cows and youngstock in the adjacent large shed. Simple ideas are often the best.

Little happened on the farm at home, all youngstock are being fed outside until mid-January due to the favourable weather. Cows are looking well and seem content.

Contractors managed to spread all stored slurry before Christmas, together with a few hundred tonnes of chicken muck from a local broiler unit. The RSPB should be proud of us, as we have never seen as many starlings and seagulls feeding on our fields.

So I have been away again, having won the John Stewart trophy and a ticket to the Oxford Farming Conference for best Nuffield presentation in our year group. I thoroughly enjoyed the Oxford experience, it is a truly prestigious event.

A debating session on Thursday evening was great, with a Catherine Zeta-Jones lookalike as president and Oxford rules adhered to which would be useful in many farmer meetings.

Organic producers were said to posses higher sperm counts through their natural eatingand organic farming is like sex – we all think about it, but few will admit to it.

Vegetarians were accused of playing God as we must always supply a veggie meal when they come to dinner, but they never give us a chop when we dine in their house.

Our children are amazed that I visited the Hogwarts School of Wizardry, from the Harry Potter movie while at the conference. Dinner was served in this magnificent setting at Christ Church where the sequence was filmed. It was a magical experience and I plan to return next year.

Megan has also been enjoying the spirit of Christmas with the Nuffield bull and says: "If you want your dreams to come true, dont oversleep." &#42

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