2013-09-09   facebook twitter rss

The Man Whose Grass Is Always Greener!

Farmer Neil Fettes is the man whose grass really is always greener! So much so that nearby farmers commented as such as they cast an envious eye over his field of lush green grass.

Neil Fettes family have run the 250 acre farm at Keith in North East Scotland for over 40 years with a herd of 70 suckler cows and 150 breeding ewes.

The field Neil Fettes sowed with  BAR FORAGE HIGHLANDER

The field Neil Fettes sowed with

“As the field in question would not be re-sown for at least 10 years we wanted a seed mix that would last for the long term,” said Neil.

The seed mix he chose was BAR FORAGE HIGHLANDER, a blend of early, intermediate and late perennial ryegrasses, creeping red fescue, timothy and white clover designed to give a multi-purpose long term ley, specifically in upland areas.

At 600 feet he needed something that would cope with the long and hard winters typical of the area.

The field was sown in September 2011 and its second season is turning out to be even better than the first!

“We put the ewes and lambs out in April without any problem, which given the cold spring was remarkable, with the cattle following in May,” said Neil.

“The overall performance of Highlander has been phenomenal providing grazing throughout the season and the animals find it highly palatable. In fact, despite the slow spring, our lambs are away a month earlier than last year!

“So much so that I have had several local farmers ask me what I had planted and where I got it from as they were clearly envious of how it was all looking.”

Added Mhairi Dawson, Barenbrug’s regional manager for Scotland, “We are delighted with the results Neil has got from using Highlander, which offers outstanding persistency by using seed varieties with proven durability and winter hardiness.

“Research and development is at the very heart of what we do at Barenbrug and Highlander is a classic example of this process.”


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