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Taking Stock Farm Walk Devon

Taking Stock Farm Walk Devon

Event date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Higher Hacknell Farm (Jo and Tim Budden) - Devon

Book now for Taking Stock farm walks

After months of lockdown, the Soil Association is inviting livestock farmers to join them in the fresh air for a socially-distanced farm walk. This autumn, they are offering the opportunity to visit inspiring farmers across the South West who are ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) scheme. As well as getting your boots dirty and sharing some lunch, you'll also have an opportunity to talk to the Soil Association’s farm advisors about your own farm and how you're planning to adapt your business and take advantage of the coming changes to farm business support and payments.

Taking Stock is a free pilot programme of webinars and live events, funded by Defra, designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England. It has been developed by the Soil Association to help farm businesses understand the changes in the coming years such as the new ELM scheme as farming undergoes a period of radical reform in the UK. The programme offers a practical way for farmers to explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities of the upcoming changes and boost their business’ resilience and respond to the climate emergency through the delivery of environmental benefits. The farm walk and Q&A session will help you to explore what the proposed changes mean for your livestock business, and help you to think about the future plans and opportunities for your farm through using a free resource book and toolkit. The Soil Association is able to offer one on one support alongside the opportunity to connect with other farmers to consider potential opportunities for collaboration, businesses and the local economy.

The Soil Association will be ensuring all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, but if you feel it’s too early to meet in this way, or you’d prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, they will also be filming some of the walks and making them available digitally.

You can sign up for the programme here

01/10/2020 - 10:00 to 14:00
 
Taking Stock Farm Walk Wiltshire

Taking Stock Farm Walk Wiltshire

Event date: 
Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Eastbrook Farm (Helen Browning) - Wiltshire

Book now for Taking Stock farm walks

After months of lockdown, the Soil Association is inviting livestock farmers to join them in the fresh air for a socially-distanced farm walk. This autumn, they are offering the opportunity to visit inspiring farmers across the South West who are ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) scheme. As well as getting your boots dirty and sharing some lunch, you'll also have an opportunity to talk to the Soil Association’s farm advisors about your own farm and how you're planning to adapt your business and take advantage of the coming changes to farm business support and payments.

Taking Stock is a free pilot programme of webinars and live events, funded by Defra, designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England. It has been developed by the Soil Association to help farm businesses understand the changes in the coming years such as the new ELM scheme as farming undergoes a period of radical reform in the UK. The programme offers a practical way for farmers to explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities of the upcoming changes and boost their business’ resilience and respond to the climate emergency through the delivery of environmental benefits. The farm walk and Q&A session will help you to explore what the proposed changes mean for your livestock business, and help you to think about the future plans and opportunities for your farm through using a free resource book and toolkit. The Soil Association is able to offer one on one support alongside the opportunity to connect with other farmers to consider potential opportunities for collaboration, businesses and the local economy.

The Soil Association will be ensuring all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, but if you feel it’s too early to meet in this way, or you’d prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, they will also be filming some of the walks and making them available digitally.

 

You can sign up for the programme here

 

02/10/2020 - 10:00 to 14:00
 
 
 
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Taking Stock Farm Walk Cornwall

Taking Stock Farm Walk Cornwall

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Lesquite Farm (Tom and Nicola Tolputt) – Cornwall

Book now for Taking Stock farm walks

After months of lockdown, the Soil Association is inviting livestock farmers to join them in the fresh air for a socially-distanced farm walk. This autumn, they are offering the opportunity to visit inspiring farmers across the South West who are ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) scheme. As well as getting your boots dirty and sharing some lunch, you'll also have an opportunity to talk to the Soil Association’s farm advisors about your own farm and how you're planning to adapt your business and take advantage of the coming changes to farm business support and payments.

Taking Stock is a free pilot programme of webinars and live events, funded by Defra, designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England. It has been developed by the Soil Association to help farm businesses understand the changes in the coming years such as the new ELM scheme as farming undergoes a period of radical reform in the UK. The programme offers a practical way for farmers to explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities of the upcoming changes and boost their business’ resilience and respond to the climate emergency through the delivery of environmental benefits. The farm walk and Q&A session will help you to explore what the proposed changes mean for your livestock business, and help you to think about the future plans and opportunities for your farm through using a free resource book and toolkit. The Soil Association is able to offer one on one support alongside the opportunity to connect with other farmers to consider potential opportunities for collaboration, businesses and the local economy.

The Soil Association will be ensuring all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, but if you feel it’s too early to meet in this way, or you’d prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, they will also be filming some of the walks and making them available digitally.

You can sign up for the programme here

06/10/2020 - 10:00 to 14:00
 
 
Taking Stock Farm Walk Gloucestershire

Taking Stock Farm Walk Gloucestershire

Event date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Whittington Lodge Farm (Ian Boyd) – Gloucestershire

Book now for Taking Stock farm walks

After months of lockdown, the Soil Association is inviting livestock farmers to join them in the fresh air for a socially-distanced farm walk. This autumn, they are offering the opportunity to visit inspiring farmers across the South West who are ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) scheme. As well as getting your boots dirty and sharing some lunch, you'll also have an opportunity to talk to the Soil Association’s farm advisors about your own farm and how you're planning to adapt your business and take advantage of the coming changes to farm business support and payments.

Taking Stock is a free pilot programme of webinars and live events, funded by Defra, designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England. It has been developed by the Soil Association to help farm businesses understand the changes in the coming years such as the new ELM scheme as farming undergoes a period of radical reform in the UK. The programme offers a practical way for farmers to explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities of the upcoming changes and boost their business’ resilience and respond to the climate emergency through the delivery of environmental benefits. The farm walk and Q&A session will help you to explore what the proposed changes mean for your livestock business, and help you to think about the future plans and opportunities for your farm through using a free resource book and toolkit. The Soil Association is able to offer one on one support alongside the opportunity to connect with other farmers to consider potential opportunities for collaboration, businesses and the local economy.

The Soil Association will be ensuring all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, but if you feel it’s too early to meet in this way, or you’d prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, they will also be filming some of the walks and making them available digitally.

You can sign up for the programme here

 

08/10/2020 - 10:00 to 14:00
 
 
 
 
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Regenerative Grazing part 1 - Principles, Planning and application

Regenerative Grazing part 1 - Principles, Planning and application

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:30 to 17:00

egenerative Agriculture for Livestock Farms - Planning & Application - Weekly - 3 Sessions - Online/Remote Course

About this Event

Following-on from the Soil Health & RegenAg Intro, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to:

• Implement the soil- and pasture health principles on your farm

• Design a basic farm layout that facilitates your management goals

• Create a grazing plan to maximise potential of forage resources, and minimise work

 

Objectives

• Save time and facilitate adaptive pasture management

• Design farm layouts & permanent infrastructure, trees, fences, water etc.

• Learn the principles of whole farm planning

• Understand criteria for selecting appropriate equipment & infrastructure

• Minimise capital expenditure by selecting flexible infrastructure

 

Course Details

Weekly for 3 sessions

Session 1: Presentations

- Pasture health principles

- Fencing & infrastructure

Session 2: Workshop/Presentations

- Farm & infrastructure layouts

- FieldMargin

Session 3: Workshop/Presentations

- Grazing planning practice

- Creating grazing plans

There is more information on the event and full booking details on the Eventbrite link here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/regenerative-grazing-part-1-principles-pl...

13/10/2020 - 12:30 to 17:00
 
 
Soil Farmer of the Year 2020 Winning Farm walk with Jake Freestone

Soil Farmer of the Year 2020 Winning Farm walk with Jake Freestone

Event date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:30

Come along and fine out more about why Jake Freestone has been awarded one of the winners of the 2020 Soil Farmer of the Year. 

Jake farms over 2000ha at Overbury estate in Gloucestershire across a range of soil types. Included in the estate are 950 ha of combinable crops, and a flock of 1100 ewes. Jake has been working on soil management since 2015 when he changed his cultivation and has been predominantly no till since then. Jake is using cover crops and grass leys to protect soil and minimise erosion and has changed the rotation to incorporate his sheep onto his arable ground to build fertility. He is using companion cropping and is starting to experiment with biological additions to further stimulate his soil life. He is currently working on reducing Nitrogen use and moving the sheep grazing to a paddock grazing system.

The event will take place at Overbury Farms and run from 10.30 - 12.30. Due to COVID restrictions, places will be strictly limited and there will be social distancing and hygiene measures in place. After the event, there will be a wide range of resources from the walk hosted on the Farm Carbon Toolkit website for those unable to join in person.

Due to the changing situation regarding COVID, the final decision on the event going ahead will be taken 7 days previously. If the face to face meeting has to be cancelled, the event will take place online instead.

For more information please get in touch with Becky Willson on [email protected] or visit our Eventbrite page for booking. 

 

15/10/2020 - 10:30 to 12:30
 
 
 
 
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Soil Farmer of the year Virtual Farm walk with 2020 winner Alex Brewster

Soil Farmer of the year Virtual Farm walk with 2020 winner Alex Brewster

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 13:30 to 15:30

Come along and find out why Alex Brewster has been awarded 2020 Livestock Soil Farmer of the year! 

Alex farms 1000ha at Rotmell Farm in Perthshire, which is comprised of 130ha of improved pasture plus hill ground. Alex has always been interested in farming with the environment but started experimenting with rotational grazing in 2013. The grazing has now morphed into a mob grazing system which has brought about improvements in the soil structure and rooting depth of plants, nutrient availability, pasture utilisation, stock health and growth rates, and the length of time that the stock are able to graze. Alex is seeing his soils adapt and change, and is now focussed on building more resilience into his system.

The farm walk will be run virtually via Zoom and attendees will get a chance to understand more about the farming system at Rotmell and the transition to a more regenerative soil focussed approach.

There will also be a chance to hear about Rotmell's exciting Scottish Government / EU funded farm innovation project (Rock on Soils) evaluating the potential for basic silicate rock fines to improve soil carbon sequestration levels on-farm.

There will be lots of time for discussion and questions.

To book your place please follow this link to the Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with Becky on [email protected] or by phone on 07875 356611. 

Agenda

1.30 Welcome and introductions

1.40 An introduction to the farm, the landscape, soils and management

2.00 Rock on Soils - The use of basic silicate rock for potential carbon sequestration and improved soil health.

2.20 Outputs – how the transition and focus on soil health is delivering improvements on-farm.

2.40 – Questions and discussions

3.00 - End

 

 

 

20/10/2020 - 13:30 to 15:30
 
 
 
Farm Walk with 2020 Runner Up Soil Farmer of the Year John Martin

Farm Walk with 2020 Runner Up Soil Farmer of the Year John Martin

Event date: 
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:30

John farms 320ha across light soils growing a range of combinable crops in an area which is severely protected from a water quality, nitrates and phosphates perspective. John has been working on soil management for the last 35 years and has been innovating both in terms of integrated pest management, cultivation, the use of cover crops, spring cropping and a reduction in fertiliser and plant protection to enhance soil biology.

John's event will be taking place using social distancing and hygiene measures that are compliant with the current COVID guidance and numbers will be strictly limited. If you would like any more information please contact Becky Willson at FCT on [email protected] or by phone on 07875 356611.

Due to the changing situation regarding COVID, the final decision on the event going ahead will be taken 7 days previously. If the face to face meeting has to be cancelled, the event will take place online instead.

Bookings are being taken through the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/122057383921

 

23/10/2020 - 10:30 to 12:30
 
 
 
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