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Cattle grazes at Cemex sites

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Cemex has been improving the ecology and diversity of land on two of its sites using hardy native breeds of cattle. It is now time for the cattle, which belong to a local farmer, to go back to their farms for the winter. The approximately 30 cross breed cattle have enjoyed the rough vegetation at Cemex’s Berkswell quarry near Coventry and Dove Holes quarry near Buxton over Autumn, as well as trampling down the ground. This pushes seeds into the soil helping to promote germination for next year’s plants.

According to Natural England “Livestock grazing is essential for the management of many of England’s most important wildlife habitats and plays a key role in maintaining species-rich habitats by controlling more aggressive species of vegetation.”

At Dove Holes quarry in the Peak District, the cattle have been grazing on a five hectare meadow seeded with a special flower mix to provide food for the declining population of Twites. While at Berkswell, the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) Marsh Land has benefited from the 11 beef cattle living off the land.

"We look forward to welcoming the cattle back onto the land in the Spring. They are vital to CEMEX's ongoing land management plan on the two sites and will, once again, be working for the benefit of nature by doing what they do best .....munching, providing manure and trampling,” comments Jenny Oldroyd, Business Conservation Advisor.

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