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Holistic Management® Collaborative Open-Gate

Holistic Planned Grazing: Cattle at Croome ParkGrazing for Long-term Resilience and Sustainable Profit

with Rob Havard, Duncan Leaney, Dave Beecher, and Oliver White
Holistic management international

Wednesday 18th October, 2017

Corfe Village Hall, Newton Lane, Corfe, Somerset TA3 7AN

This is a unique opportunity to dip your toes into the world of Holistic Management and Planned Grazing, and explore it's potential to enhance farming/land management practice.

The day is suitable for farmers, advisors, and land managers, as well as those with a more general interest who are also concerned about issues such as animal health and welfare and how we can transition to more environmentally regenerative approaches to food production, how farming practices impact climate change and how we can work with nature to create more resilient landscapes e.g. addressing the issues of flooding (and soil loss), and drought - and enhance biodiversity.  We are very grateful to Duncan and Sally for hosting the farm walk element of the day at their farm (see here).

HM Open Gate 1Our guest presenters for this day bring bring with them a wide spectrum of experience and expertise, which will provide you with an introduction to several key aspects of regenerative pastoral systems, including:
- the 'how to' of planning grazing to regenerate the soil and productivity (conservation benefits thrown in for free!)
- incidental benefits (e.g. drought mitigation)
- what's going on in the soil and how that is impacted by and impacts on grazing management
- the benefits of raising livestock purely on pasture, for human and animal health and in marketing the produce

Our learning events generally attract a broad spectrum of experienced attendees, so we expect this to be an integrated learning experience drawing on experience and expertise from the participants too - and we hope that as usual the networking potential will be as valuable as the learning. 
HM Open Gate 2What people said about the last one:
"Fantastic"/"Excellent"/"Good"/"Very Good"/"Great"/"Amazing" (x many)
"Good, thought provoking"
"Inspiring and encouraging and informative"
"Very interactive and thought provoking"
"Super knowledge base"
"Very positive, good balance between theory and experiential learning"
"Very well organised, info packed - really enjoyed the day..."
"Enjoyable and relevant"
"Pleasantly surprised"
"Very good, Quality of speakers very good, topics very interesting and slots not too long. Broad coverage of issues, yet detailed enough"

Provisional Schedule:

9:00 am       Arrival at Corfe Village Hall, tea/coffee and match folk up to share transport to farm
9:30 am       Welcome and Introductions
10:00 am     Farm tour with Rob Havard and Duncan Leaney
11:30 am     Winter Stocking Rate exercise with Rob
12 noon       Dave Beecher on soils - introduction to soil micro-organisms, how they function and how farming and grazing in particular impacts them.
1:00 pm      LUNCH
1:45 pm      Rob: Financial compare and contrast exercise between Conventional Suckler Calf Operation and Holistic Planned Grazing
2:15 pm      Formulating Holistic Goals and use of testing questions in decision making
3:00 pm      Tea/Coffee
3:15 pm      Worked example of Decision Test
3:45 pm      Oliver White (2015 Nuffield Farming Scholar): Benefits of and Market potential for Pasture-fed produce
4:15 pm      Final Q&A; Evaluations
4:30 pm      Close

Please bring: appropriate clothing for the weather (remember that we will be outside for a significant amount of time - a hat is no doubt a good idea as well as waterproofs); clean boots (think biohazards); notebook and pens; camera, etc., flask (for farm walk element).

HM Open Gate 3Fees (Booking Essential):

Farmers and Full-time students: £45 (£35 for additional attendees from one holding)
Independent interested individuals: £65
Professional/business (advisors, land managers, etc.): £85
Fee includes a soup-salad-ploughman's style lunch and refreshments throughout the day, though you may wish to bring a flask with you for the farm walk.
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