Crops meet livestock (IBERS/SRUC)
This workshop explored the benefits and barriers to mixed farming emerging from recent EU-funded projects and discussed how mixed farming might be supported through research in the future.
Chair: Pip Nicholas-Davies (Aberystwyth University)/Christine Watson (SRUC)
- Pip Nicholas-Davies (Aberystwyth University): Mixed farming - The social and economic perspectives
- Christine Watson (SRUC): What is needed to support increased mixed farming?
Market opportunities for livestock sector (ORC)
Marketing of organic and pasture-fed beef and lamb is challenging, with very low or non-existent premiums and significant proportions of certified product still sold as conventional. However, some producers have succeeded in breaking through to new markets. Can their experiences stimulate new thinking on how to address the challenges?
Chair: Jonathan Brunyee (PFLA/RAU Cirencester)
Practical approaches to positive health planning in livestock (IOTA)
Healthy animals perform well; they will have high disease resistance as well as the absence of disease. We will discuss practical methods for the development of healthy livestock and the management of disease.
Chair: Peter Savidge (OMSCo)
- Tim Downes (Organic dairy farmer): Calf rearing for health and production
- Peter Plate (Vet): Reducing antibiotic use through mastitis testing; farm trials and experiences
Different feeds for improved production (IOTA)
Increasing the productivity and quality of feeds is essential for successful cattle and sheep nutrition; this workshop will focus on farmersí experience of new techniques.
Chair: William Waterfield (FCG)
- Tom Willoughby (Grange Farm): Different feed for improved production/a>
- Neil Rowe (Organic farmer and adviser): Development, production and experiences of feeding sprouted grains to ruminants and non-ruminants
Sheep breeding and health (ORC)
The session aimed to delve inside existing knowledge and innovative farm practices to facilitate deployment of sustainable parasite control strategies.
Chair: Kevin Harrison (National Sheep Association)
- Tim White (Proven Shedding Sheep): Genetic solutions to animal health and welfare
- Spiridoula Athanasiadou (SRUC): Tackling the parasitological challenges arising from organic farming practices