Improving the sustainability of sheep farming

Date: 30/04/18 Location: BA1 9AT

WORKSHOP, FARM WALK and DEVELOPMENT MEETING: you are warmly invited to attend a workshop on sustainable practices in sheep farming systems, kindly hosted by NSA English Committee Chairman Mr Kevin Harrison at Church Farm, North Stoke, Bath, BA1 9AT. Mr Harrison will provide an overview of the his farming system during a presentation and farm walk encompassing the indoor lambing set-up and the 760 commercial north-country Mule flock.  The workshop presents an excellent opportunity to review practices and discuss opportunities for developing farm businesses with other farmers.  There will also be a discussion on a range of practices commonly applied on organic farms to consider whether or not they could be adopted more-widely to improve financial, environmental and social sustainability within the sector.  The outcomes will inform the development of policies, support measures and future research topics as part of a Defra funded research project being led by the Organic Research Centre (ORC).  Please visit the ORC website for further details and bookings.  Numbers are limited and bookings close by Monday 23rd April so please register soon to secure a place.

Schedule:

9.30: Arrival and introductions – Tea & Coffee

10.00: Introduction to the farm and Question and Answer session – Kevin Harrison, NSA English Committee Chairman and Farm Manager for JT Baylis Ltd

10.30:  Outline of the organic management techniques project

10.50: Working Focus Groups to review organic practices, followed by feedback session

12.30: Lunch break (to be provided, please supply information on dietary requirements using booking form)

13.30: Farm walk / farm tour with Kevin Harrison

15.00:  Top Trumps:  Which practice do you feel is the most important?

15.30: Closing remarks and thanks + feedback sheets

15.45: Tea / coffee and depart

Practice factsheets produced within the Defra-funded project will be shared with all participants attending the workshop.

For more information contact Stefano stefano.o@organicresearchcentre.com