Grazed forage remains the cheapest option for feeding organic stock, and you can find out more at a workshop at ADAS Pwllpeiran on Tuesday 20 October 2009. It is being organized by Organic Centre Wales and ADAS Wales as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme and is suitable for all farmers.
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.
The event will particularly focus on crops suitable for organic hill farms, and will look at costs of production, disease implications, weed control and subsequent feeding regimes for beef and lamb production. The event includes a re-seeding demonstration on the organic unit. Speakers will include Owen Davies of ADAS Pwllpeiran and Heather McCalman of the Grassland Development Centre, IBERS.
“A range of forage crops suitable for grazing cattle or sheep can be grown on most Welsh livestock farms, excluding high hill land,” said David Frost of Pwllpeiran, who is helping to organize the event. “Some are more useful than others, and it all depends on the dry matter yield potential and how they are used. We will be talking about how to choose a forage, what yield to expect and how cost-effective they are, so come along and ask the experts.“
The event is from 1.00 to 4.00pm and you should register with Philip Jones on 01970 622100 to ensure a place and check the arrangements.
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 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 two free on-farm visits are available.
3. The Organic Farming Scheme is now closed.
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.