The potential for herbal leys to benefit both soil structure and livestock performance was the subject of a third EIT Food “Focus on Farmers” webinar on Monday.

Outlining results from a five-year study on diverse forages, David Humphries from Reading University said dairy-bred steers grazed on herbal leys achieved 0.9 to 1kg per day of weight gain, which was similar to animals on ryegrass swards.