25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



18 January 2018
OK-Net EcoFeed launched

New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers to find solutions for 100% use of organic and regional feed

17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

SOLID organic dairy conference

Future sustainability of organic and low-input milk production: Challenges and solutions.

Workshop on 26-27 January 2016 at the Novotel Bristol City Centre, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6HY, aimed at organic and grassland based dairy producers using a low-level of external inputs.

The Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying (SOLID) project hosted this workshop which is jointly organised and supported by ORC, OMSCO, Aberystwyth University and AHDB Dairy.

The conference, aimed at farmers, consultants, scientists, dairy processors and feed producers presented and debated the outcomes of the Sustainable Organic and Low- Input Dairying (SOLID) project, focusing on practical strategies to implement the findings of the project by farmers.

Speakers from project partners across the EU and other organisations introduced the challenges of low-input and organic milk production as well as reporting on project results in relation to breeding objectives, breed choice, forage utilisation and animal health. Farmers who were actively involved in the project presented their experiences.

Session Proceedings

  • Opening Plenary: The challenge of low-input and organic milk production
  • Improving cow health
  • Understanding breed choice and breeding
  • New research and practical experience of feeding dairy cows
  • Wider impacts of organic and low-input milk production
  • Supporting organic & low-input dairy production in North West Europe: Panel discussion
  • Lessons from SOLID - Sustainability of organic/low-input dairy
  • SOLID workshops from Organic Producer's Conference

    View full programme, including abstracts and biographies here (1.1mb pdf file)