You can find out about the feed requirements of organic breeding ewes at an event at ADAS Pwllpeiran, Ceredigion, on Thursday 18th November. It is being organized by Organic Centre Wales as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme and is suitable for all farmers.
ADAS nutritionist David Peers will be explaining how silage analysis can be used to design a supplementary feeding regime for ewes, and there will be a discussion about what makes for good quality silage.
“Giving ewes a high quality diet that will allow them to reach their potential and produce healthy lambs can be costly, so knowing the nutrient value of your conserved forage is important when deciding what supplementary feeding is needed,” said David Frost, Senior Organic Adviser at ADAS and one of the event's organizers.“ At this workshop we will be looking at farmers' silage analyses and discussing the implications for supplementary feeding.”
Pwllpeiran is a 1300 ha ADAS research farm in the Cambrian Mountains Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) of mid-Wales. The upland organic beef and sheep unit was set up in 1993 and currently comprises 245 ha of the total area of the farm.
Also in attendance at the event will be Mair Morgan of ADAS who will be discussing the feeding situation at Pwllpeiran and Mari Jones of Organic Centre Wales.
The event starts at 10.00 and ends at 3.30, and the postcode is SY23 4AB. To book a place or for further information, please contact
on 01974 282229.
, Organic Centre Wales 01970 622248.
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. For information on when the Organic Farming Scheme is likely to be open next, contact the organic helpline on 01970 622100.
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. Farming Connect is funded through the Rural Development Plan 2007–2013, which is financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Assembly Government.