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Balbirnie Home Farms


Case Study Innovative Farming Balbirnie Home Farms www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Innovative Farming For centuries Balbirinie has been farmed, with many of the same crops still seen today still grown. Like many farms Balbirnie continues to grow and develop, adopting modern farming techniques and more recently a new and innovative approach to cattle farming. With a 300 strong herd of cattle currently spending their summers enjoying the fresh Scottish grass and their winters indoors eating a mixture of silage, barley and vegetables.

Eager to become more efficient and meet the challenges of modern day farming, Babirnie have begun the process of extending their grazing season through winter, using a rotational and holistic grazing approach. With the help of Pasture for Life, this innovative method brings cows back into the fields and has been proven to improve products and maintain good gross margins.

By bringing cows back into the field improves the animals welfare, and is better for the environment, as the animals help return nutrients they have taken back into the ground, fertilising the soil, and improving the quality. It also reduces the risk of disease, and helps reduce veterinary costs, and the use of antibiotics.

Balbirnie has invested heavily, purchasing new electric fences and upgrading the water troughs, as well as adding fences around the arable fields to better integrate the crops and the livestock in the fields so when the grazing runs out the cattle can be fed in the arable fields throughout winter, enjoying a mixture of kale, silage and straw.

Creating better animal welfare, better for the environment and overall better for the consumers health, this innovative way of farming is ideal for sustainability.
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