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Events

Tree fodder: food for thought?

10 May 2017

Does tree fodder have a role to play in today’s livestock farming in the UK?

Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Newbury RG20 0HR
10am to 4pm

Traditionally, tree fodders have been important for ruminant nutrition, and still remain significant in some European farming systems, particularly in the south. There is growing interest from some farmers in exploiting browse as an extra resource from trees planted for other purposes such as preventing soil erosion or providing shelter. Tree leaves may offer an alternative source of dietary protein, as well as trace elements such as zinc and copper. In addition, secondary compounds such as salicylic acid and tannins may offer health benefits, such as pain relief and reduced parasites. But can tree fodder realistically be incorporated into modern agricultural practices? This workshop will feature presentations from farmers, woodland advisors and researchers to explore the potential of tree fodder. A farm walk will visit the agroforestry trial on Elm Farm where short rotation coppice has been combined with pasture production, followed by a group discussion exploring the opportunities and challenges of incorporating tree fodder into ruminant systems.


£15 fee requested to cover lunch (includes VAT); please book online, here by Thursday 4th May so that we know how many to cater for. Any queries, please contact us on 01488 658298 email:elmfarm@organicresearchcentre.com.



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