Mike Miller - All Winter Grazing
I live and farm a 110Ha organic grassland farm in North Dorset, running a beef suckler herd and a pedigree NZ Suffolk flock, (Easyramsouth) in partnership with my wife Anna. We also run a luxury camping enterprise with Featherdown Farms, and train point to point racehorses. Previously I had alot of success race riding as an amateur, amassing nearly 200 winners. We have two young daughters Maisy and Josephine aged 6 and 4.
Nearby I share farm with Langham Farms Ltd. We run 1400 commercial ewes on mainly permanent pasture rising to 900ft, on land unsuitable for cropping which is Langham Farms’ main focus. We run a flock of NZ Romneys as well as Welsh Mules and lamb in April both indoors and out depending on the weather / breeds.
A good staff and supportive family will allow me to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity this scholarship gives me, generously sponsored by the David Allen Charitable Trust.
You can follow my travels on twitter - @mutchmiller
I became interested in the concept of All Grass Wintering after John Vipond and Dave Saunders led a project in 2011 /12 looking at its suitability in the UK. The concept of rationing grass through the winter months is already established in New Zealand where the climate on the whole is more favourable to winter grass growth. I was a trial farm for them in winter 2012 /13 and was very impressed with what we could achieve.
From this I appreciated the need to look at grassland management in a much more scientific way to improve the returns on the business.
So in the first instance I hope to travel to farms who are practicing controlled grazing, meet with industry experts and scientists who have interests in this subject.
Knowledge transfer and actual farmer take up will be another target for my project.