Dorset Grassland Society Meeting

Dorset Grassland Society Meeting

Venue: Kingston Maurward College

Jimi Collis – Farmer (or in his own words – ‘family farm dictator’) with 300 Angus sucklers and running 1700 acres of mixed farm land near Tarrant Launceston – all Organic, and an upmarket self-catering diversification.  Jimi says he is ‘running a mixed farm on the boys chalk down land – doing nothing new or ground breaking and learning the hard way most days’.  Despite this he has grown the business since returning home and is constantly looking for new methods and innovative ways to farm. 

Tim Stephens, Wessex Water Catchment Adviser, will give a short update on his Nuffield scholarship travels to date. So far Tim has visited Brazil, France and the USA to look at ways that farmers in those countries are reducing nutrient losses in order to improve water quality. He visited America’s dairy heartland; Wisconsin in October and will share what he learnt there about the impact of dairy farms on water quality in both groundwater and the Great Lakes, and what the industry is doing to address public criticism of the expansion of many dairy units there. 

Simon Hall DEFRA – Simon is the Transformation Director of Livestock Information at DEFRA developing the new BCMS and traceability system, a great first chance to hear what changes may be to come and potential to put some ideas forward.

Information

Event Date: Tue, 09/01/2018
Event Time: 7:30 pm

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