How Our Farm Works
The Crops We Grow
Here in Pembrokeshire we are fortunately placed on the edge of the gulf stream, giving the county a mild climate and longer growing seasons than many other parts of Wales and the UK, a vital element for the famous 'Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes'. This unique climate also gives rise to superb quality grass and we take full advantage, grazing our cattle outdoors for as many days of the year as possible. Between May and July we also harvest grass and turn it into silage (a partially fermented form of grass) which forms the main-part of our winter feed.
Through August and September we are busy harvesting wheat and barley. We mill the grain and use it as a high energy feed whilst the straw is baled for use as bedding throughout the winter
October sees us harvesting our maize crop, again as silage. Whilst lower in protein, this has a higher starch and fibre content than our grass silage.
Our final crop of the year to harvest is fodder beet, the most recent addition to our arable rotation. This is a high energy crop that allows a better yield per acre than cereals and is easier to store once out of the ground (the green tops being cut off at harvest will be grazed afterwards by sheep).
By having a variety of feeds at our disposal, each with their own nutritional qualities, we can fine tune the diet of our housed cattle to suit their stage in the rearing process and consistently produce the highest quality beef all year round.