3 January 2019
Oxford Real Farming Conference

to 4th January 2019

9 January 2019
Growing trees in grazing systems

Promise and practice of silvopasture



6 December 2018
Improving organic crop production

Major new book includes chapter by Susanne Padel

27 November 2018
LIVESEED farmer survey

Farmers experiences and opinions on organic seed needed



22 November 2018
Big opportunity for UK Organic

Development of new UK agricutural policy will be critical

Livestock systems projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Organic Plus - Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe (O+)EU H2020 Minimising the use of contentious inputs in certified organic agriculture in Europe by providing research based decision support for actors in the organic sector, including policy makers, and thus reach the next level of the organic success story
Organic Knowledge Network on Monogastric Animal Feed (OK-NET EcoFeed)Horizon 2020The project aims to help farmers, breeders and the organic feed processing industry achieve the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics
Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems- learning from innovative practitioners (SEEGSLIP)UK Global Food Security ProgrammeThe project aims to evaluate the ecological, agronomic, economic and social impacts of the pasture fed livestock approach to grazing management and its potential as the basis of a sustainable GB-wide system.
Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE)Horizon 2020Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) is making the European Sheep and Goat sectors more sustainable, competitive and resilient. These improvements come from strong collaboration between industry and research institutions.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying (SOLID)EC FP 7Improving the technical performance and economic competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems in Europe while maximising their potential to deliver environmental goods and enhance biodiversity. Includes a large component of farmer participation.
Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry (ICOPP)Defra for UK work as part of the Core Organic IIThe aim of ICOPP is to produce economically profitable feeding strategies based on 100% organic feed across Europe, which will supply poultry and pigs the required level of nutrients throughout their lives while supporting high animal health and welfare.