Richard farms beef cattle and cereals biodynamically at Yatesbury House Farm, on the Wiltshire downs near Avebury. In a series of videos, he describes his farming approach and practices being implemented at Yatesbury, all of which focus on the importance of nurturing, and the interrelationship of, the health of the soil, cows, crops and people.
Richard gives a brief overview of the farm; he describes his farming approach and rotational system, introducing his pedigree Aberdeen Angus suckler herd and his use of ‘dynamic’ grazing.
Richard talks about his suckler herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus. He explains how they graze ‘dynamically’ and how this benefits the soil.
In this video Richard explains his biodynamic approach to farming, the preparations that he uses, and the benefits they bring.
Richard describes using diverse leys in his rotation to build soil fertility and improve soil structure. He lists some of the species he has included in his mix and the benefits that they bring (this includes reference to a useful Cotswold Seeds chart).
Richard no longer ploughs the fields at Yatesbury Farm. In this video, he explains how he uses his innovative machinery to drill his seed evenly and describes his methods of weed control in an organic system. He also describes his technique for destroying diverse leys.
Richard has 4 trials plots on the farm and is looking at the impact of a high biomass rotation on weed burden, crop quality and soil quality. In this video, he describes the trials, methods and measurements that he is recording.
Find out more about Yatesbury House Farm here.
Sustainability in practice
Richard took part in the ‘Farm System Health in Practice’ project – which you can find out about here. In this podcast he reflects on exploring the 10 principles of health defined in the project with other farmers and talks about how these principles are embedded in his farming practices and approach: