16th June 2017
Lower Mill of Tynet Farm
The annual LILIS (Livestock in Low Input Systems) conference looks at the successes and challenges of livestock production in organic, upland and low-input systems. This year’s LILIS conference brings together some innovative thinkers to discuss the mutual relationships between soils, plants, animals and humans in farming. How can we increase the productive yield and the cash output of our farms? How do we value the investment of brains and brawn in our farms?
What can we do to our fertility profile by introducing different crop species to our traditional crop and grass rotations? Why does everything come back to soil?
All this and more will be discussed at LILIS 2017.
Tickets cost £31.54 (incl Booking fee and VAT) and can be booked online at Eventbrite
OBJECTIVE OF THE CONFERENCE
In the current Brexit climate farmers are facing inevitable change. LILIS will introduce some innovative thinking about building farm business resilience from the ground up. Delegates can expect to be inspired by take home messages that will make a difference to their business.
Gordon Whiteford, first generation Farmer and Nuffield Scholar who, having gained the tenancy of a 52ha farm on the Fochabers Estate in 2012 has now converted to organic production and has 4000 organic Blacktail hens, sheep, cattle and is introducing an arable rotation.
Andrew Howard, Nuffield Scholar and farmer from Kent whose farming philosophy revolves around improving soil health, and in particular how inter-cropping and the avoidance of monocultures are key concepts for conservation farming and the preservation of soil health.
Emily Grant of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), who has been delivering the QMS Grazing Groups Programme since 2014. Emily is a sustainable sheep farmer and has extensive experience in low input farm systems including nearly ten years as a SOPA organic farm inspector.
Alexander Brewster, SOPA Chairman, Nuffield Scholar and hill farmer from Dunkeld, Perthshire who has successfully introduced rotational grazing and advocates the intrinsic links between pasture production, utilisation and kg of meat sold per Ha.
Welcome and Introduction (Debs Roberts, Chair)
Lower Mill of Tynet Farm and its organic journey (Gordon Whiteford)
Inter-cropping and pasture benefits (Andrew Howard)
QMS Grazing Groups: Making More from Scotland’s Grassland (Emily Grant)
Powered Pasture (Alexander Brewster)