Yeo Valley Farms have grazed their organic pastures through rotational grazing for multiple years. In 2022 the farm team performed a number of small trails to test regenerative theories on the existing grazing land.
Farm Development Manager Will Mayor said: “We split one field in half, treating one section in a traditional organic grazing rotation, topping to re-set the pasture and addressing weed burden. The other half of the field we employed more of a regenerative approach with no topping and leaving a higher cover after grazing, with a focus on trampling residue.”
This trail happened during the drought period of July 2022, when every millimetre of rain counted. When the team conducted water and infiltration tests the rotational side took 41 minutes for 40mls of water to infiltrate. The regenerative side of the field took 1 minute for 40mls of water to infiltrate. With ever extreme weather periods resilience in farming is essential.