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Growing trees in Grazing systems

Growing trees in Grazing systems

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:30

Join agroforestry expert Steve Gabriel for a morning lecture and afternoon farm walk looking at the 'Promise and Practice of Silvopasture.' 

The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use, integrating trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach to farming. Such a system not only can help to regenerate farmland, but also provides an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.

During this lecture and farm walk, Steve Gabriel will demonstrate the benefits and approaches to integrating trees, livestock, and forages into one farm system, while building soil health and resiliency on the land.

Steve’s lecture will be followed by a pub lunch at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak Pub, followed by a pasture walk on Helen Browning's agroforestry plot, exploring the ways different site qualities inform tree selection, layout, and rotational grazing practices.

About Steve Gabriel:

Steve Gabriel, author of Silvopasture and Farming the Woods (with Ken Mudge), is an ecologist, educator, and a forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Steve passionately pursues work to reconnect people to the forested landscape and see the value of trees and forests for a truly regenerative future. He is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems.

A copy of Steve's book entitled Silvopasture will also be available to purchase with a special 30% discount.


11.00 Arrival and refreshments

11.30 The Promise and Practice of Silvopasture - Growing Trees in Grazing Systems - Steve Gabriel

12.30 Hearty lunch and refreshments

13.30 Agroforestry plot tour

15.30 Departure

This event is kindly supported by the Woodland Trust and Chelsea Green Publishing


Helen Browning's Royal Oak

Cues Lane, Bisopstone, SN6 8PP

For more information click here for the booking page.

09/01/2019 - 11:00 to 15:30
Rewilding and its Effects on Nature and People

Rewilding and its Effects on Nature and People

Event date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:00 to Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:00

Cambridge Conservation Forum Annual Symposium 2019

Join them for two days of rewilding discussion and debate at the University of Cambridge and the David Attenborough Building where they will be exploring current developments within the rewilding sector from around the world and the effects this has on loca livelihoods, nature and the economy.

Day 1 - Talks and lectures in main auditorium.

Day 2 talks and lectures in main auditorium and workshops and other events in the David Attenborough Building.

For more information please click here.

Park Farm Challenge Sheep Discussion Group - Devon

Park Farm Challenge Sheep Discussion Group - Devon

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:30

Challenge Sheep is tracking 9,000 replacements from a range of English sheep farms over seven years to understand how flock performance can be improved. The project aims to generate new knowledge and highlight existing information on managing ewe replacements.

As part of the Challenge Sheep project, each participating farm will be hosting discussion groups. Led by the farm consultant and participating farmer, the fourth round of events will be held this winter. This discussion groups, run by Nicky Robinson and will focus on topics such as:

  • Scanning results
  • Barren ewe checks
  • Feeding during pregnancy
  • Preparing for lambing

Attendees are encouraged to bring scanning results, scanning weights and BCS from their own flock.

To attend the meeting you will need to book. Please email [email protected]

Venue: The Lamb Inn, Lyme Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5BE

For more information please click here.


15/01/2019 - 18:30 to 20:30
Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2019

Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2019

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 09:15 to Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 16:15
The two day event will give you an insight into the industry`s latest regulations—The Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) & Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) certification schemes impacting on biomass sustainability & operations, biomass transportation & logistics in the environmental context, the future of biomass sourcing , as well as long term economy & investment strategy paths.
The event topics will provide a solid background for the two days discussion on best solutions for sustainable biomass trade in Europe.
For more information please click here.
Future of environmental principles and governance post Brexit

Future of environmental principles and governance post Brexit

Event date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:30 to 16:30

Venue: Central London

Following the Government’s recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance post-Brexit, this seminar will assess the future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the role of a new independent environmental watchdog.

Delegates will consider how the environmental principles laid out in EU treaties might best be embedded into UK law, and the functions and powers the watchdog should have in overseeing environmental law and policy - including in air, waste, water and chemical regulation.

Attendees will also discuss what steps need to be taken to achieve the aims laid out in the 25 Year Environment Plan following the Environmental Audit Committee’s call for the Government to enshrine biodiversity targets, habitats and soil quality targets into UK law.

Following the Government’s recently introduced Agriculture Bill, discussion is also expected on recommendations for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agriculture Policy - and assessing its goals for delivering a “Green Brexit”.

Further sessions focus on the potential opportunities and challenges for developing UK-wide environmental standards, including discussion on the future responsibilities of the UK and devolved administrations and opportunities for promoting growth in the UK economy.

For more information please click here.

17/01/2019 - 11:30 to 16:30
Defra workshop on use of Organic Amendments in Agriculture

Defra workshop on use of Organic Amendments in Agriculture

Event date: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

Cranfield University in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, NIAB, Newcastle University and University of East Anglia have received funding from Defra to cooperate in a multidisciplinary project entitled Knowledge gaps and research priorities to optimise the use of organic amendments for sustainable intensification of UK agricultural systems. As part of this project, two workshops will be organised in East Anglia and South West to cover the arable and livestock areas respectively. It is recognised that the processes and challenges are different for the two sectors, but there are also opportunities for overlaps in knowledge and opportunities, which can be optimised.

The overall goal of the project is to identify knowledge gaps that are limiting the efficient and effective use of organic amendments in UK agriculture and to rank and prioritise these gaps. The proposed project will devise a comprehensive and ambitious action plan to strengthen the evidence base, giving farmers and policy makers more confidence in the use of these materials in restoring and conserving the health of agricultural soils that underpin UK agribusinesses.

This is an invitation to farmers, policy makers, researchers, waste management companies, fertiliser companies and researchers to attend the workshop free of charge. Participants to this workshop are invited to share their practical experiences of using organic amendments in the arable sector. They are expected to benefit from interaction with others in the sector and gain new insights to opportunities that could become available in the near future. They can also influence in prioritising knowledge exchange activities and new research if needed to further advance use of organic amendments in the arable sector. There will also be discussions on possible interactions with the livestock sector to full embrace the circular economy approach. BASIS point are guaranteed for those who need to collect them.

For more information please click here.

21/01/2019 - 09:00 to 17:00
Charlie Morgan Grassmaster Farm Walk

Charlie Morgan Grassmaster Farm Walk

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 09:15 to Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 09:15

Charlie Morgan Grassmaster Farm Walk

A practical workshop to look at improving grassland productivity and reducing the risk of diffuse pollution.

Charlie Morgan is a grassland consultant with a wealth of knowledge about the economics of grassland management. Charlie worked for IGER for 22 years where he helped develop new grass varieties and grazing methods to benefit UK agricutlure.

Main theme for the day - Herbal Leys

Legume and herb rich swards can offer a range of benefits including increased yields, resilience to drought, fertiliser savings, improved soil structure and benefits for wildlife.

To be successful you must select the approproate seed mix, take account of the longevity of the ley and carefully manage the grazing regime. 

Legume and herb rich swards are available as a Countryside Stewardship (GF4) paying £309 per ha per year.

Dates and Venues

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 10.30 - 2.30 pm Clease Hall, Clease Car Park, Cemleford, PL32 9PQ Farm Walk at Hendrawalls Farm.

Wednesady 23rd January 2019 - 10.30 -2.30 pm Kingsford Farm, Thornbury, Holsworthy, EX22 7BX

Thursday 24th January 2019. 10.30 - 2.30pm Blackhayes Farm, Stockland, Honiton, EX14 9DY

To book your free place please contact Jane Clarke on 07876258097 or email on [email protected] 

AHDB Dairy Grow More, Graze More, Earn More

AHDB Dairy Grow More, Graze More, Earn More

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:15 to 14:30

Grazing Review Workshop – planning for 2019

Start the 2019 grazing season off on the right foot by joining AHDB and LIC grazing consultant, Sean Chubb, for a workshop looking at effective grass monitoring and budgeting. The 2018 grazing season was challenging, with some farms reporting grass yields down by up to 4t DM/ha. This workshop will review 2018 and discuss strategies for early turnout to increase utilisation, including:

  • Learning how your technical grazing performance affects cash flow
  • Lessons learned from 2018’s extreme weather
  • How to set realistic targets for 2019
  • What needs to be in wet and dry management plans
  • How to set utilisation targets

The workshop is for those who work with a plate meter and paddock rotational grazing.                                                

Date:           Tuesday 22January 2019

Time:          Coffee on arrival from 10:30, prompt start at 11:00 to finish 14:30 including lunch

Venue:        Waltham-on-the-Wolds village hall, 19 Goadby Road, nr Melton Mowbray  Leicestershire LE14 4AG

Booking essential for lunch and limited places, so please contact Shirley Macmillan on 07766 402393 or [email protected] by Friday 19 January

The cost is covered through your levy.  

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details

More information on the event is available here.

22/01/2019 - 10:15 to 14:30
Putting in the groundwork: Establishment and Management of Herbal Leys

Putting in the groundwork: Establishment and Management of Herbal Leys

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:30 to 13:30

Join the Taw Valley Facilitation Fund group and a range of speakers for a farm walk to discuss how to get the most out of herbal leys.

  • Sward establishment techniques: seed mixes, machinery & cultivations, over-sowing vs complete reseed
  • Grazing management for extended seasons, productivity and resilience
  • Assessing soil health to guide management decisions
  • Countryside Stewardship and planning for policy changes

A light lunch will be provided. Please let us know beforehand of any dietary requirements.
This is an outdoor event, please wear suitable clothing.

For more information please click here.

23/01/2019 - 10:30 to 13:30
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