Gazegill Grasslands

Did you know that since 1930, 97% of England’s traditional wild flower grasslands have disappeared? Gazegill has been part of a Biological Heritage Survey which found our pastures to be particularly rare, containing over 60 species of grasses, herb, flowers and clovers.

The survey (The Biological Heritage Site Project) highlighted that there are no known examples of flower and herb rich grassland found in Southern England (a worrying fact since the vast majority of England’s meat and milk production takes place in those areas).

Low Intensity Farming:

 

 

  1. The diagram above shows England’s typical grasslands until the 1930’s – i.e lots of hedges and lots of wildlife!
  2. Gazegill pastures contain over 60 varieties of grass and plant species supporting over 30 species of wildlife.  You can see the image below of our farmland is very similar to the diagram above.

3. Each grass and plant type supports the ecosystem – if one wild flower or pollinator or raptor disappears there is a greater negative impact on those remaining

4. Our hay meadows are cut and dried once per year after seeding

Intensive Farming:

1. The second diagram is representative of intensive farming after the 1930’s – few hedges, fewer wildlife.

2. Silage grass produced (ie. Wet grass wrapped and bailed which contains nearly twice the calorific content of hay = higher yields faster)

3. Silage cut multiple times per year to get more feed, use of fertilisers and pesticides

4. The result is minimal wildlife and animal feed containing as little as 3 or 4 species of grass and plants. A farm system that does not support nature!

 

Gazegill’s meat and dairy supports nature providing our animals with species rich grass and hay. The resulting meat and dairy is full of probiotics, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and trace elements.

 

HEALTHY SOIL…. HEALTHY GRASS…. HEALTHY ANIMALS…..HEALTHY MEAT & MILK…. HEALTHY YOU!

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