Start date

5th April 2019


9.00 am to 4.00 pm


North Wyke


Registration deadline

Friday 31st March 2019



“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars” - Walt Whitman

An exceptional chance to participate with actual "grassroots" research projects which are examining how the value of homegrown forage can be maximised. Therefore, leading to enhanced resource efficiency, financial savings, reduced environmental impacts and improved ecological diversification.

We would like to see Veterinary practices, sensor developers, parasite specialists, animal health & welfare specialists, meat quality analysers, fencing contractors, animal nutritionists, sward yield and mapping specialists, silage contractors, seed companies, consultants, agronomists, speciality crop producers, fertiliser suppliers, environmental advisors, contract growers, agricultural advisors and economists at our event. So, we can hear from you about where the opportunities are and what needs to be done in order to make best use of our fantastic homegrown forage resource. We have priority places for SME’s based or benefitting the sector in Cornwall.

Please register to attend this free event. 

9.00 – 9.30 – Reception & Morning Coffee (Selborne Room)

9.30 – 10.00 – The Greatness of Grazing - Welcome to North Wyke & Introduction to Grazing Livestock Research by Professor Michael Lee – Rothamsted Research

10.00 – 10.20– Get Smart With Grass – The Cell Grazing Project - Testing the potential of intensive rotational systems to deliver both economic and environmental benefits. 

Sarah Morgan Rothamsted Research

10.20 – 10.40 – Diversity in Forage - TOMS – Toolkit of Multispecies Swards - Examining the potential to exploit the functional contrasts between species. Deborah Beaumont & Kate Le Cocq of Rothamsted Research & Hannah Jones of Duchy College,

10.40 – 11.00 – Visualising the Future for Farmers - Viz Ag - Novel visualization tools to provide an arable or livestock farmer with a portable decision support tool. Paul Harris & Vishnu Paranthaman Rothamsted Research

11.00 – 11.20 – Getting More Milk From Grazed Grass – GrazeMore (ISCF) - Can we use modern technology to increase grazing output without increasing labour inputs or causing long term sward damage?  – Tom Chamberlain of Chalcombe Ltd/GrazeMore

11.20 – 12.00 – Testing, Testing - Tour of the North Wyke Lab Analysis Capabilities Liz Dixon & Aranzazu Louro-Lopez & Meat Laboratory Andrew Cooke & Sarah Morgan

12.00 – 1.00 – Lunch (Selborne Room)

1.00 – 2.30– Tractor Tour of North Wyke Facilities – Including Cell Grazing systems, TOMS seed beds and silage experiments, SARIC Diverse Forage Project and ASSIST project investigating lambs performance on a range of sward types

2.45 – 3.00 – Afternoon coffee

3.00 – 4.00– Over to You - Maximising the Value of Home Grown Forage Workshop session – Identifying Strengths, Weaknesses, Gaps and Future Opportunities in increasing the worth of fodder. Establishing links between businesses & research projects.

4.00 – 4.15 – Feedback & close