23 October 2019
Soil nutrient management

A workshop with Mark Measures

21 November 2019
Agroforestry event in Melton Mowbray

A Win Win for Farm productivity and the Environment



16 October 2019
Land and Soil Management Award 2019/20 call

Apply now! Deadline 31 December 2019

15 October 2019
Integrated Pest Management decision support systems

ADAS lead new online platform for farmers and advisors



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Dr. Marion Johnson

Job title

Principal Livestock Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: marion.j (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44(0)1488 646247 - extn. 6247
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Veterinary Parasitology ‘Lungworm Infection in farmed Red Deer’ University of Otago New Zealand
  • MSc Veterinary Parasitology Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool
  • BSc Environmental Biology (1st class Hons) Manchester University, Manchester
  • BSc Agricultural Science Massey University New Zealand

Main roles and responsibilities

Management, participation in and further development of the livestock programme at Elm farm

Research interests

  • Animal health with a focus on management, mixed pastures incorporating a range of species, browse and botanical health
  • One Health as a means of underpinning biodiversity conservation
  • Ethnoveterinary approaches and the adaptation of traditional medicines for the promotion of animal health and conservation of diversity
  • Agroecology

External activities

  • Steering group Organic Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) the animal husbandry subsidiary of IFOAM
  • Member of Roopu Matua (advisory group) for the Institute for Rongoa Maori
  • Mentor Moriori Ethnobotanical gardens

Selected publications

Journal publications

Moore A, Johnson M, Gbolagun J, Miller A, Rombouts A, van der Ven L, Lord J, Coutts S, Pagan M, Brent Hall G (2018) Integrating agroecology and sustainable tourism: applying geodesign to farm management in Aotearoa New Zealand Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Wall AJ, Asher GW, Netzer MS, Johnson MGH, O’Neill KT, Littlejohn RP, Cox N (2018) Farmed red deer home range, habitat use and daily movement patterns in a Southland, New Zealand, tussock grassland over calving and lactation Animal Production Science

Schmid O, Ghotge N, Johnson M, Atkinson C, Chander M, (Eds.) (2017) Role of Livestock in Sustainable Agriculture. Proceedings of the IAHA Pre-Conference on Animal Husbandry 6.-8. November 2017 at 19th Organic World Congress in India. International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - Animal Husbandry Alliance (IFOAM-IAHA), Bonn and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick

Johnson M, Moore A (2016) Parasites, Plants and People Trends in Parasitology 32 (6) 430-432

Other relevant publications

Johnson M, Perley C (Eds) (2016) He Ahuwhenua Taketake Indigenous Agroecology in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research report Nga Pae o te Maramatanga 374p

Johnson M (2015) Rongoa Pastures, Healthy Animals Resilient farms. Research report Nga Pae o te Maramatanga 27p

Johnson M (2015) Forages for Dairy Goat production. Research report MBIE Dairy Goat Supply Systems C10X1307-CR-1 90p