Tees-Swale. Practical alternatives to farm intensification

Tractor in field at sunset

The aim of this contract was to undertake a desk study of the latest research into practical alternatives to farm intensification in an upland environment, demonstrated by real life ‘case study’ examples. The focus was on the business model/approach and latest land management techniques, as opposed to diversification. There is a range of things that farmers can do to improve upland farm productivity and profitability which are compatible with maintaining and enhancing the environment, thereby supporting HNV farming. It is acknowledged however that support may be required to overcome barriers to uptake and enhance applicability in different situations.