Global Farmer Network member Paul Temple, a farmer from England talks about increasing the conservation efforts on his arable farm that includes a beef operation. He has moved the farm from conventional tillage to conservation agriculture, and is now adopting no-till practices on his acres. The environmental measures he’s taking are also providing beneficial habitat.
WRITTEN BY Paul Temple volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and farms in the north of England in the United Kingdom. The farm practices conservation agriculture on a mixed beef and arable family farm. Paul grows wheat for seed, barley, oilseed rape, vining peas and beans. They've recently added grass leys back into the arable rotation. On the beef side they utilise a wide range of environmental grasses with suckler cattle, rearing calves that are either fattened or sold as stores. Additionally, the farm is in a high level environmental scheme with educational access.