Supplementary feeding of livestock on species-rich grassland is usually damaging and should normally be avoided.
Impacts of supplementary feeding on vegetation may include:
- poaching/sward damage
- nutrient enrichment
- localised overgrazing and undergrazing
- soil compaction
- contamination by invasive plants
This guidance note outlines ways to avoid the need for supplementary feeding, and how to minimise damaging effects where its use is unavoidable.