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Regenerative Agriculture for Livestock Farms

  • Luckington Village Hall Chippenham Wiltshire (map)

An introduction hosted by Niels Corfield

<<< Soil Health - Pasture Health - Whole Farm Planning >>>

- Ever wanted to know what it is that makes grass grow rapidly and in drought?
- Want to know how to convert hard consolidated soil into friable top soil?
- Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for stock on your farm?

On this short course (10 - 3:45pm), lead by Niels Corfield, you will • Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations.
• Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the "farming problem" and new ways to view- and monitor your farm.

Objectives
• Improving soil health / pasture health
• Reducing reliance on external inputs or contractor services
• Improving animal welfare and comfort in-field
• Identifying opportunities for out-wintering & season extension
• Getting feedback on-farm: monitoring & data, on-farm trials

Topics
• Soils & soil health: cover cropping, cultivation strategies etc
• Grazing management, mob grazing & planned grazing
• Time-saving strategies for management of land & livestock
• Overseeding existing pasture & establishing new covers
• Hedge management for function & biodiversity
• Trees on farm & agroforestry
• Monitoring & data gathering
• Water - infrastructure & layout
• Fencing – temporary/permanent
• Access - tracks, gates etc
• Yards & materials handling
• Nutrient/manure management - composting, deep bedding etc
• Trials & feedback - exclusion cages, split-field treatments etc
• Landscape, climate & ecology
• Water capture & redistribution – rainwater, ponds etc

Who is this Training Suitable for?
• Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds
• Landowners
• Farm & estate managers
• Ecologists & advisors

Tools & Technology
• Field Margin app - https://www.fieldmargin.com/
• Sectormentor for Soil app - https://soils.sectormentor.com/

Schedule
9:30 - 10:00 Arrivals
10:00 – 10:45 Intros, Review of Farm Activities & Overview
10:45 – 11:30 Soil Health Under Pasture – Principles & Theory
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30 Pasture Health – Management & Practices
12:30 – 13:15 Whole Farm Planning – Fences, Water, Trees
13:15 – 13:45 ---------- Lunch ----------------------------
13:45 – 14:30 In-Field Monitoring Demonstration
14:30 – 15:15 Introduction to Grazing Planning & Grazing Charts
15:15 – 15:45 Wrap-Up, Questions, Where Next

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