An event to be held at Trefere Fawr, Penparc, Cardigan, SA43 1RL on Thursday 28 October 2010 will look at how to improve profitability on dairy farms. The event is being organized by Organic Centre Wales as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme and is suitable for all farmers.
Sometimes advice on farm improvement is difficult for farmers to implement because differences such as geographical location, land suitable for cultivation, soil type and rainfall are not taken into consideration. This event will take a different approach by by looking at the farm's resources and asking whether the best use is being made of them.
Aled Rees, co director of the family business at Trefere Fawr, manages 200 ha all of which is organic, some of it owned and the rest rented. There is a great diversity of enterprises to run as there is an organic dairy herd of 140 black and white cows, 50 ha of winter and spring cereals, a 30 cow beef herd of which 20 are pedigree Herefords, and a flock of 150 mainly Lleyn x Texel sheep of which 100 will be lambing in February, with some traditional Welsh Mountain ewes lambing in April.
Geraint Jones of Kite Consulting will be leading the afternoon meeting and will describe the resources that Aled Rees has to work with as well as noting the obstacles that the family farm has to overcome. He said: “It is because every dairy farm has its own strengths and weaknesses that the event has been organised. Hopefully it will make farmers think more objectively about why they are managing their farms in the way that they are.”
Phil Jones of OCW, the event organizer, said: “Messages such as 'every dairy farmer should be producing a minimum of 1 million litres of milk annually' or 'milk produced from forage is the most profitable' are meaningless unless they are put in context. Every dairy farmer must aim at producing milk profitably from the resources that he or she has to work with”.
The event starts at 1.30pm with presentations from Geraint Jones and Aled Rees, followed by plenty of time for discussion and refreshments. It is free, but you should check the arrangements and register with Phil Jones on 01970 622248 to ensure a place.
Phil Jones, Knowledge Transfer Officer OCW: 01970 622248, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
2. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by WAG to provide information to producers considering conversion – an information pack and up to three free on-farm visits are available.
3. At present there is no financial support for organic conversion. Check OCW website for updates or contact the WAG Divisional Offices for more information. To qualify, farms need to be certified as organic by a recognised body and have completed an OFS application form which needs to be accepted by WAG.
4. Farming Connect, working closely with its partner organisations, provides one to one support, knowledge, expertise, training and advisory services tailored to the needs of farmers in Wales. Many of these services are fully funded or subsidised and the service is both flexible and accessible. You can register with the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813 or contact Farming Connect directly at your nearest WAG Divisional Office. OCW is funded by Farming Connect to deliver the Organic Development Programme.