The open farm days at Pendeen on 28th & 29th
July 2014 attracted 66 people on day one and over 40 on day
two. Visitors were shown the conservation grazing being carried
out by the Pendeen herd of Whitebred Shorthorn cattle and Dartmoor
ponies in Devon. Gerald Babcock is an experienced grazier and
advisor on conservation grazing for the environment.
Babcock works in partnership with neighbour Karen Wall of Trenow
Cove Micro dairy. Karen takes the calves off the milkers for
rearing by Gerald. Heifers return to the dairy herd in time
to become accustomed to the dairy routine before calving.
milks eight cows in the dairy and Gerald Babcock looks after
the cows when they are not milking, when they are young, in
early pregnancy or "dry " cows who have fin-ished
milking for a time. When the cows are away from Trenow they
spend their time up on the Penwith Moors where they are used
for conservation grazing.