Come along to this virtal farm walk with 2020 Soil Farmer of the Year Alex Brewster to find out more about his award winning soil management.
Alex farms 1000ha at Rotmell Farm in Perthshire, which is comprised of 130ha of improved pasture and 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 regenerative approach.
There will also be a chance to hear about a new project evaluating the potential for rock dust to improve soil carbon sequestration levels on-farm.
There will be lots of time for discussion and questions.
- 1.30 – Welcome and introductions
- 1.40 – An introduction to the farm, the landscape, soils and management
- 2.00 – The use of rock dust for 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