Description

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 topsoil? Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for stock on your farm?

On this short course, lead by Niels Corfield, you will:

  • Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations, and
  • Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the “farming problem” and new ways to 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

Tools & Technology

  • Field Margin app – https://www.fieldmargin.com/
  • Sectormentor for Soil app – https://soils.sectormentor.com/

What to Bring

  • Packed Lunch
  • Notebook, pens, etc
  • Camera/smartphone (optional)
  • Boots & clothing for a farm walk
  • Farm maps (optional)

Cost Details

PFLA Member: £50.00 +£4.49 Fee
Sales end on Nov 29, 2019

General Admission: £70.00 +£6.05 Fee
Sales end on Nov 29, 2019 
Institutional/Organisational: £105.00 +£8.78 Fee
Sales end on Nov 29, 2019

Cost

£50

Who

  • Farmers
  • Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds
  • Landowners
  • Farm & estate managers
  • New entrants
  • Ecologists & advisors

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