ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EK5 Mixed stocking

The decline of mixed stocking is one of the underlying causes of the reduction in numbers of several important farmland bird species. Mixed stocking encourages a diversity of sward structure and species. This option is not available to producers who are in receipt of the Hill Farm Allowance.

This option is only available on land which is grazed by both cattle and sheep, either in the same year or in alternate years as part of a clean grazing system.

  • A minimum of 15% of the livestock units must be grazing cattle.
  • A minimum of 15% of the livestock units must be grazing sheep.

Livestock units are calculated over a two year period.

Animal numbers are converted into Livestock Units as follows:
Dairy cow 1.0
Beef cow 1.0
Cattle over two years old 1.0
Cattle six months to two years 0.6
Lowland ewe and lamb 0.15
Hill ewe 0 .10
Ram and teg over six months 0.15
Horse 1.0
Pony 0.6

 

EK5, 8 points per ha

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