2 July: Iron Deficiency Prevalence in Dairy Calves – 2nd Meeting
The follow-up meeting of the iron deficiency prevalence in dairy calves trial will be held on Monday 2nd July, 11 am to 2 pm at AH Warren Trust/Coombe Farm Offices, Roundham, Crewkerne TA18 8RR.
The group will discuss the trial results to date, variation between farms and the potential factors behind this variation. Additionally, we will discuss long-term strategies for increasing iron intake of whole milk-fed calves.
The meeting is open to new farmers who are interested in learning from this field lab.
5 July: Organic Wheat Variety Trial
Most of the information to date on wheat varieties is based on non-organic trials grown with all inputs except fungicide treatments. This gives an inaccurate guide to the potential for a variety within an organic system. A group of Innovative Farmers therefore decided to run an Organic Wheat Variety trial. This trial is kindly being hosted by Charles Hunter Smart at Bradwell Grove Estate.
Open Meeting: Thursday 5 July 2018
Come along at 6pm and meet some of the farmers and researchers involved in the trial. Refreshments and a pasty will be provided. Meeting will close at 8pm.
19 July: OK-NET ECOFEED Sourcing Organic Protein for Mongastrics
The OK-NET ECOFEED Project is a cross European project looking at the possibility of achieving 100% organic and regional feed particularly for monogastrics. Of particular significance is the difficulty of sourcing proteins and the increasing dependence on imported soya. Following on from a survey held in the spring, where many innovative ideas were raised, we are holding a workshop meeting to discuss these further.
The OK-NET ECOFEED project can be found here www.ok-net-ecofeed.eu
10.30 Registration and coffee
11.00 Welcome and Introduction to OK-net Ecofeed
11.15 Survey results
11.45 Ongoing research as a result of the survey
13.45 Discussion of bottlenecks, innovations and solutions.
7 August: Amendments for Soil Health in Top Fruit
Many growers are already using green waste compost or composted woodchip to add fertility and organic matter to their soils. There are also a range of products being promoted to boost the health of soils but understanding their impact and value for money is tricky. A group of growers are trialling a range of amendments as part of an Innovative Farmers field lab, that started as part the AHDB GREATsoils project. The growers have different growing systems and crops but are connected by their desire to improve the health of their soil and growing media.
10.30 Arrival and coffee
11.00 Welcome and Introduction: Updates from the triallists, including any preliminary test results
13.30 Introduction to the farm and tour of AD site
14.30 Tour of orchard including demonstration of digestate spreading
Generally, field lab groups meet up a few times a year. If you'd like to go along to find out more about a specific field lab, you can contact the group co-ordinator by using the Find a Field Lab page to find contact details for the coordinator, or get in touch and we'll put you in contact.
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