Down to Earth event launched by the RABDF

Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is launching a brand-new event this summer called Down to Earth for livestock farmers, showcasing practical regenerative farming techniques that can improve productivity, reduce input costs, and protect the environment.

Down to Earth, taking place on June 15 in Shropshire is tailored for dairy, beef and sheep farmers.

The event is designed to offer something for everyone; whether new to this topic and just curious, or a farmer looking for practical take-home strategies to implement and enhance what’s already being done on the farm, through to those who want to follow a full regenerative journey.

At its core, regenerative agriculture looks at improving soil health or restoring soil structure. Down to Earth offers an arena where the whole industry can come together and address the opportunities, facts, and the science surrounding its principles and see them in action.

The event is sponsored by Barclays, Mole Valley Farmers, Promar, Kite Consulting and AHDB and is hosted at The Farm, owned by organic dairy farmer Tim Downes.

He has been using regenerative farming principles for many years and is now reaping the rewards.

He is achieving grass yields upwards of 11t of DM a ha without any bought-in inputs, with 4,500L of milk from forage.

Commenting on the event, RABDF managing director Matt Knight said:

“As pressure mounts for all livestock farming systems to become more sustainable, the RABDF has launched Down to Earth to offer practical face-to-face help to farmers.

“Regenerative farming can help build a food system that meets the consumer’s needs, the animals and the environment.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...