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When it comes to keeping livestock in the UK, you have a number of land options. For example, you could look at livestock land, large acreage, and equestrian, woodlands, grazing, and farming land. The decision made would depend largely on the number and type of livestock kept. However, we have provided some valuable information to give you a better understanding of keeping livestock in the UK, specifically when it comes to ongoing challenges of over-grazing, under-grazing, and supplementary feeding.

For starters, grazing land would include native woodland, unimproved grassland, and even moorland. Today, grazing management in the UK is essential to landowners, ensuring the quality of vegetation remains good and that any wildlife resources are protected. With the proper controls, grazing management works to keep over-grazing and under-grazing controlled.

Then if you look at livestock farming systems, these have changed significantly in the past four decades. Keep in mind that due to production-payments, farmers have gained incentive to keep larger number of animals. However, this has created some concern on the impact of the natural and semi-natural vegetation, along with livestock grazing. In fact, the Common Agricultural Policy has established a new set of tools to help measure compliance conditions

In the 1990s, UK's government found that a number of farmers who had received headage payments were damaging both natural and semi-natural vegetation, specifically due to over-grazing. With this, supplement feeding was being provided but not in a way considered suitable. The type of land most affected was common land and moorland. In particular, over-grazing is an issue on common land, adversely affecting upland Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

However, around the end of the 1990s, new measures were established to help with the control of over-grazing and unsuitable supplementary feeding. Further changes included all farmers being able to claim the single payment along with other subsidised payments specific to agricultural activities to include livestock grazing. We even see more programs being implemented for over-grazing and under-grazing requirements, requiring people who keep livestock to follow some very strict guidelines.

The thing to remember is that when it comes to livestock and grazing in the UK a National Grazing Management Team that falls under the leadership of the Rural Development Service has been established. This special team has the responsibility of investigating problems with over-grazing, under-grazing, and unsuitable supplementary feeding. Therefore, if you were interested in keep livestock, you would need to make sure the site is the right location and that guidelines are carefully followed.

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