Livestock in the arable rotation

Chair: Phil Stocker (National Sheep Association) Speakers: Tim May (Nuffield Scholar), David Wilson (Duchy Home Farm), David Walston (Nuffield Scholar).

Once integral to mixed farming systems, where they played a valuable role in building soil fertility and utilising crop residues, livestock have been squeezed out of many farms in response to increased economic pressure and the supposed benefits of specialisation. With the continuing decline in soil fertility and the increasing resistance of pests and diseases to the application of chemicals, there are signs that the valuable role that livestock can play in a mixed farm is being recognised. Farmers will report on how they could not continue to produce arable crops without the contribution of livestock on the farm.