For several decades, soil was largely ignored because land was farmed by the square metre and the animal was given priority. As farmers ultimately live from the land, failure to look after the soil means that it will give you less.

For some, that may be enough, but for those pushing high stocking rates, having soil in poor condition can impact on either the grass or animal performance, or both. Either way, not having your soil in top condition can mean additional cost, either as reduced production or increased husbandry costs.