Changing the future of food and farming

Organic livestock husbandry and markets

Event Date : February 12, 2015

Please note this seminar is now fully booked

Introduction to organic livestock husbandry and markets

One day course for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain.

Venue: Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, GL7 5HF 10 am – 4pm

Livestock are integral to many organic farms and their health and welfare is dependent on innovative approaches to management. The course will include the management of beef, sheep, dairy, pig and poultry enterprises and cover the role of animals on organic farms; grassland management and pasture-based systems; animal health and welfare; feeding and breeding; farm business including financial performance and markets for organic livestock and their products.

The event will include a farm walk which will provide practical demonstration of organic farming methods.

Participants will receive copies of the 2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook, and other relevant literature for the course.

Course cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included):

  • Reduced price for eligible participants (see below) £50 + VAT
  • Full price for participants not-eligible for funding £100 + VAT
  • 100% bursaries available for eligible individuals (see below)

On-line booking is available here. Alternatively, you can register directly and pay by cheque, BACS or credit card by contacting Gillian Woodward.

RDPE support available:

50% fee reduction for English producers and others obtaining a living from agriculture or agricultural products. Eligibility includes producers and employees of producer groups, supply chain businesses, direct retailers, small consultancy businesses, but not multiple retailers, government departments, agencies or public bodies including universities. Participants must be living/working in England. To benefit please download, complete and sign the Trainee Registration form (60kb pdf file) and send to Gillian Woodward at ORC. You can still register and pay on-line.

Bursaries available:

We have funds from various sources, including the Ernest Cook Trust (nationwide), the Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust (Berkshire residents only), and the Greenham Common Trust (West Berkshire residents only) to enable young people (students/apprentices/new entrants) with limited means to attend the seminars. If you think you may qualify, for any of the above bursaries please contact Gillian Woodwardwith details of your address, age and circumstances to check eligibility.

For more environmental jobs and courses please see environmentjob.co.uk

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