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North Wyke Research Farm Opens its Gates to Sheep Farmers

07 July 2014

UK - The North Wyke Research Farm, near Okehampton in Devon .is to open iyself up to sheep farmers on a farm walk organised by the National Sheep Association's South West Regional Committee.

The event in 8 July is open to all sheep farmers, NSA members and non-members alike, and starts at 3pm at the farm.

Bryan Griffiths, Devon Sheep Farmer and NSA South West Regional Chairman, said: "We are delighted that North Wyke has agreed to host us for the afternoon.

"The farm shepherd will explain the management of the current sheep flock and the in-house research scientists will describe some of their on-going projects.

"This work includes assessing the nutrient quality of different swards, analysing run-off and drainage water, and quantifying the carbon storage capacity of different grasses.

"All sheep farmers are welcome and there will be light refreshments on arrival."

Formerly part of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, North Wyke is integrated with Rothamsted Research, and so brings together BBSRC research on grassland and arable systems.

Rothamsted Research, North Wyke provides unique research capabilities for the UK. These help to address some of agriculture's most pressing challenges, for example mitigating and adapting to climate change, protecting natural resources and sustaining the rural economy in grassland dominated regions such as South West England.

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