Conservation grazing

Cattle at Parke, Devon

Steve Palmer is a local farmer and conservation grazier. Each year he brings a small herd of cattle back to Parke some time during mid-March and the end of April. This year, it was a herd of Charolais x Galloway.

The grassland at Parke is a county wildlife site and as such, there are various agreements in place to which we have to keep, correct grazing by cattle being one of them. Cattle graze in a completely different way to sheep, which allows diverse flower rich swards to develop and by using hardy native livestock, rank and unpalatable grasses are reduced.

The Charolais x Galloway are known for their good nature, calm temperament and naturally good mothering instincts.

If you'd like to find out more, give AJ a ring on 07403 321501.