Breeding Genetics for Grass-Fed Beef at Brightleigh Farm
Farmer Penny Franklin will share how she is working with breeding genetics to create the optimum cattle size for mob grazing at Brightleigh Farm.
- 28 Sep 2022
- 13:30 – 15:30
This event is part of the Pasture & Profit in Protected Landscapes Programme (Kent Downs, High Weald and Surrey Hills).
Join farmer Penny Franklin for a farm walk at Brightleigh farm and learn about her passion for genetics as she works to bring down the size of her ‘Black Baldy’ cattle to reap the advantages of farming smaller stock which include:
- being lighter on the clay rich soil
- less damage to the pasture in wet years
- better yield and carcass balance
- investment is in growing the fat rather than the bone of a larger breed
- no expensive ‘finishing off’
- higher profit margin
About Brightleigh Farm
“We are passionate about farming with nature, using regenerative farming methods to produce tasty and nutritious food. Our soil building techniques result in nutrient rich pasture and a healthy farm ecosystem. Our animals thrive in this environment and we rarely need to use any form of treatment to keep them healthy
We are a Pasture For Life certified farm, finishing all our own cattle, plus a few bought in from other PFL farms. The herd are only fed grass, hay & silage and although the emphasis is on grazed pasture, some bought in species rich hay is fed by unrolling on the pasture to extend the grazing season and to introduce diversity to the sward.
All our produce is sold through our small farm shop, farmers markets and direct to butchers.
Funding provided through the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme from DEFRA.
The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme gives grants for projects in England’s special and unique Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.
It supports projects that:
- recover nature
- tackle climate change
- provide opportunities for people to discover the landscape support sustainable farm businesses.