The last two years have given farmers a taste of the typical weather patterns we may face in the future. Extended periods of heavy rain followed by severe drought make life tough for livestock and arable farmers alike.
What can farmers do to prepare their farms and businesses for a situation where these weather extremes could become the norm?
What is the likely financial and environmental impact of drought, flooding and hotter summers? How can these financial risks be mitigated for?
What approaches can make soils, crops and livestock more able to withstand these climatic changes?
We hear from farmers and a farm business consultant about their strategies for increasing resilience and how they are adapting their farms and businesses to meet this challenge.
Meet our speakers….
Angus Gowthorpe is a mixed farmer from Selby in North Yorkshire. Angus was runner up in the Soil Carbon Farmer in 2018 in recognition of measures he has introduced to improve soil health on his farm. He has a diverse arable rotation including herbal leys, grass and clover and combinable crops and a herd of high health pedigree Saler cattle.
Chris Clark is a Farm Business Adviser and a partner in Nethergill Associates. He is the author of the ‘Less is More’ report focusing on sustainability of upland farming systems. He gives business advice to a wide range of farming enterprises across the UK and is currently leading an innovative initiative looking at the opportunities for optimising natural capital on farms.
Dr Liz Genever is an independent sheep and beef consultant with an interest in grass and forages, grazing management, demonstrations and research. From a farming background, Liz has established herself as one of the country’s leading experts on forage crops, grazing strategies and sheep and beef fertility and breeding. She has led over 500 events and demonstrations and provides practical advice to farmers seeking to improve the performance of their grass-based enterprises.
CFE South East and PROWATER invite you to a free workshop on 'Water Resources on Your Farm', including the latest initiatives and support for water provision and protection.Thursday 28th November 2019, 10am-3pm at Hugh Lowe Farms, Mereworth ME18 5NE.
Join CFE and partners for an introduction to measuring natural capital, an update on Cross Compliance and a refresher of responsible and efficient pesticide use. Bothamsall, Notts - Tues 26th Nov 2019. Free event with lunch, farm walk and CPD points.
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