Conservation grazing

Steve Palmer is a local farmer and conservation grazier and in the next few weeks will be taking his small herd of Blue Grey and Galloway cattle off site for the winter

The Blue Grey is bred by crossing a true Galloway cow with a rare Cumberland White Shorthorn bull - Steve does this as Blue Grey cattle are known for their good nature, calm temperament and naturally good mothering instincts.

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.

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