Sainfoin, reducing anthelmintic use & Agricology Open day

24 June 2016

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Richard Smith

Sainfoin, reducing anthelmintic use & Agricology Open day

  • Richard Smith revisits his sainfoin crop at the 80 acre field at Daylesford Organic farm, six weeks after sowing.
  • The wet and warm spring means the crop is well established now standing at 6 inches in height.
  • The sainfoin was oversown using a native grass seed so has been successful in supressing the weeds and achieved a ‘clean crop’.
  • Another benefit to growing sainfoin is its anthelmintic properties, working as natural de-wormer in livestock. 
  • FECPAK is another tool used at Daylesford to reduce need of anthelmintic drugs.
  • FECPAK is used to identify the parasites effecting livestock on farms and can be used to identify ‘sick areas’ on the farm.
  • Richard can use this information plan grazing rotations accordingly. In his next blog Richard will talk more about the FECPAK tool. Stay tuned.   
  • Take a look at the Cotswold Seeds resource ‘Sainfoin: Surprising science behind a forgotten forage’ for more information on the crop and its anthelmintic properties.  
  • Agricology’s first Open Day will be held at Daylesford farm on the 28th June, bringing together our partners for a day of knowledge sharing.
  • Richard takes the opportunity to show you a 5 year established sainfoin crop in flower. Sainfoin can be in ley for 8 years and Richard hopes to achieve 37.5 tonnes of fresh weight silage per hectare. This crop will be mown mid-flower.

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