FREE farmer event, run by The Farmer Network, Innovative Farmers and the Upper Nidderdale Facilitation Fund.
NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 7.30pm
The Caldbeck Room, Newton Rigg College Conference Centre, Penrith CA11 0AH
Are you interested in field trials to look at ways of improving your soils, grazing, animal condition AND save money? What questions do you have that you would most like field trials to answer?
Our speaker is Welsh hill farmer Dafyyd Parry Jones. He farms a 190 hectare organic upland farm which has recently won awards at both Welsh and national levels, for its grass, lamb, beef, and farm buildings. Over the last two years, the March lambing sheep flock, which has a 160% scanning percentage, has been reared with zero concentrates, relying on winter grass, red clover silage and quality spring grass. He was part of an Innovative Farmers group that investigated the use of multi-species leys and their impact on animal performance and the nutritional quality of silage.
Innovative Farmers is a not-for-profit network that funds and supports farmer-led research. Practical ‘field labs’ are designed by farmers, on topics that matter to them, and supported by a researcher to bring scientific rigour. Helping to find lasting solutions to practical problems. https://www.innovativefarmers.org/
Tea, coffee and biscuits from 7.15pm
Sorry this is short notice, but we are able to get Dafyyd next week, as a previous event had to be cancelled.
An interesting event including a site visit to one of our previous members.
Global field days to gain tips for reading the land.
An innovative movement in farming will be showcased at ‘Global Field Day Events’ featuring 2 Cumbrian and 2 Scottish farms.
The innovation, which promises improved animal health, reduced costs, increased resilience to drought and flood, and an overall increase in profits, is not a chemical solution but a biological one.
Sheila Cooke of 3LM, the organisation behind the event, says, ‘These events are a good news story. They signify an opportunity to become more resilient and less reliant on expensive inputs in order to thrive through the next, potentially turbulent, years in farming.’
Read more by following the link below.
The Organic Producers’ Conference proceedings are online
We are very proud to announce that long standing member of Cumbria Organics, Susan Aglionby OBE, has been awarded the 2017 Blamire medal.
The medal recognises outstanding contributions to agriculture in the old county of Cumberland. For Susan this was for her promotion of organic farming and Farmers’ Markets, for her services to environmental causes and for her work allowing access and involvement of the community in the countryside.
When? Wednesday, 22nd March-put it in your diaries now!
Where? Slack House Farm, Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7DB
What time? 6.30pm
This could well be our last AGM, or SGM [Special General Meeting] as a motion has been proposed to disband the group. If the motion is passed, a discussion will follow about the distribution of CO’s remaining funds. According to our Constitution ‘the residue should be given to a group with similar aims’.
If you are unable to be there in person, then please e-mail me your comments specifically about disbanding the Group and ideas for re-distributing the funds.
Please let Joyce know if you are able to come to the AGM, by the 15th March. Either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 01229716439 or texting 07929838001.
We are very proud to say that one of our long standing members, Susan Aglionby of Susan’s Farm, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list. Well done Susan, you really deserve it!
Join us at a launch meeting for this new SARIC-funded project
soilquality.org.au comes to the UK
By 2018, soilquality.org.uk will be available to the industry as a new web-based decision support platform for agriculture.
The platform will provide:
- access to robust interpretation of soil quality indicators for soil quality in the UK
- clear information on the links between these indicators, crop performance, yield and environmental impacts
- information on soil sampling, site characterisation and recommended lab. analysis
- information on management approaches to address any soil-based constraints to production
- opportunity to compare own site-specific data with data collected in the region/ soil type
At the launch meetings (see programme below), we will:
- introduce the project,
- examine the sister framework already in place in Australia (soilquality.org.au) and
- identify the opportunities for you to get involved in shaping the web-platform
- provide opportunities to pilot the approach on farm and have soil quality information recorded
To register your interest to attend at each location, please Email the contact name listed
Reaseheath 1/6/2016 – 12.30 (with lunch) till 3pm (email@example.com)
Loddington 3/6/2016 – 12.30 (with lunch) till 3pm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Perth 9/6/2016 – 12.30 (with lunch) till 3pm (email@example.com)
Dumfries 10/6/2016 – 12.30 (with lunch) till 3pm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you can’t get to one of these meetings, please call in and see us on the AHDB stand at Cereals (15-16th June)
The LILIS (Livestock In Low Input Systems) conference will look at the successes and challenges of upland livestock production in organic, upland and similar low-input systems. Topics under discussion will be the use of appropriate breeds, marketing and branding, and a back-to-basics approach to the animal and its role in the farming system. The conference will be held in farm buildings and your ticket will include a long lunch with plenty of time to chat. Conference delegates will also have the opportunity to join farm tours to look at challenges and solutions to upland farming, such as drainage, clover production and rush control.
Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)
Howside Organic Farm – Cleator Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
A series of online seminars for all farmers is being delivered by the Soil Association, sharing knowledge from members of the Innovative Farmers network. Presenters include Soil Association staff, participating farmers and experts. Upcoming topics include Soil Life, Climate Smart Agriculture, and Getting Started with Social Media.
Farming UK (4 March 2016)
Learn more or become a member of Innovative Farmers here