Dairy and Pastures along a Moisture Gradient

Dairying is a major agricultural activity in the Eastern Cape and participants will be visiting three diverse dairy enterprises on a scenic tour not to be missed.

Dairy and Pastures along a Moisture Gradient

Dairying is a major agricultural activity in the Eastern Cape and participants will be visiting three diverse dairy enterprises on a scenic tour not to be missed.

The first stop is at the farm of Graham and Greig Vroom just outside Grahamstown. In 2001 they converted their vegetable farm to a dairy enterprise and have never looked back. Using recycled water for irrigation Greig cultivates pastures to provide fodder for 700 dairy cattle.

This is followed by a visit to Edgar Brotherton, winner of the prestigious Mangold Trophy, for the best conserved and utilised farm in 2006. Sea Rest Farm is situated on the Golden Mile, and carries 500 dairy cows on rain fed, kikuyu pastures.

After lunch at the exclusive Intsomi Lodge, the last stop is at Boschoek Farm of Pierre Scheepers in the drier part of the Alexandria District. Kikuyu based pastures are over sown with ryegrass and supplemented with cereals for over wintering.

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