Using Our Facilities and Opportunities for Co-Development
The unique facility is located in the South West of the UK and offers the research community access to a range of
in-situ state-of-the-art instrumentation installed over three hydrologically isolated farming systems or farmlets.
The platform also has an indoor cattle system that is similarly instrumented.
Each outdoor farmlet consists of five component sub-catchments comprising just over 20 ha in total per farmlet.
They are currently managed as beef cattle, sheep and arable enterprises with a high degree of control over inputs.
The key concept of the Farm Platform is to explore different ways of managing sustainable and resilient grazing livestock production alongside a wide range of agro-ecosystem attributes at farm scale. Opportunities also exist for investigating net zero strategies.