Along with the cattle, sheep manage the sward and make the most of the fodder at Balcaskie.
The expanding flock of 500 Scotch Greyface Mules, a cross between Scotch Blackface ewe
and Bluefaced Leicester, was established in 2015.
Ewes are bred with either a Suffolk
or a Texel x Beltex tup. Suffolk lambs
are born early in March while the
Texel-x-Beltex lambs are later.
Some of the grazing is classified as ‘species-rich’ and is protected,
so a low-stocking density is essential to maintain condition of these
ancient grass leys. Newly sown grass leys and silage aftermaths ensure
high-quality, clean grazing, while the term 'Golden hoof' claims the best
crops of barley follow sheep grazing.
Mixed grazing allows grass to be
managed at different lengths and
improves grassland species diversity.
Winter cover crops provide nitrogen.