28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

SOLID organic dairy conference

Future sustainability of organic and low-input milk production: Challenges and solutions.

Workshop on 26-27 January 2016 at the Novotel Bristol City Centre, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6HY, aimed at organic and grassland based dairy producers using a low-level of external inputs.

The Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying (SOLID) project hosted this workshop which is jointly organised and supported by ORC, OMSCO, Aberystwyth University and AHDB Dairy.

The conference, aimed at farmers, consultants, scientists, dairy processors and feed producers presented and debated the outcomes of the Sustainable Organic and Low- Input Dairying (SOLID) project, focusing on practical strategies to implement the findings of the project by farmers.

Speakers from project partners across the EU and other organisations introduced the challenges of low-input and organic milk production as well as reporting on project results in relation to breeding objectives, breed choice, forage utilisation and animal health. Farmers who were actively involved in the project presented their experiences.

Session Proceedings

  • Opening Plenary: The challenge of low-input and organic milk production
  • Improving cow health
  • Understanding breed choice and breeding
  • New research and practical experience of feeding dairy cows
  • Wider impacts of organic and low-input milk production
  • Supporting organic & low-input dairy production in North West Europe: Panel discussion
  • Lessons from SOLID - Sustainability of organic/low-input dairy
  • SOLID workshops from Organic Producer's Conference

    View full programme, including abstracts and biographies here (1.1mb pdf file)