The Oxford Farming Conference

John Martin

John Martin

Bitesize 1 Speaker: Family farms: where are the routes to resilience?

John Martin runs an award winning mixed farming business with mainly sheep, but also dairy heifer rearing and cereals. A biomass enterprise produces renewable wood chip fuel, to heat a neighbouring National Trust property.

He has demonstrated good practice for sheep and the environment as a Focus Farmer and has welcomed the public through Open Farm Weekend. He participates in innovative on-farm research programmes for biomass and sheep to develop sustainable production systems, and is a participant in the Northern Ireland GrassCheck project. He was recently selected for the Beacon Farms Network to help develop farming systems to achieve Net Zero targets. As a member of an Evidence and Innovation Partnership project, he is part of a group that seek to explore practical parasite control, using Targeted Selective Treatment.

A Council Member of Royal Ulster Agricultural Society since 1993 and currently Chairman of the Finance Committee.

A Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and 2011 Nuffield Scholar studying succession and management ability within family farm businesses.

He has held numerous leadership positions including Director of several commercial and co-operative businesses providing services to the rural community, as well as Director of a technology R & D company which has developed a process to pelletise coal fines.

He has experience as a charity Trustee of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and Agrisearch as well as being a Lay Magistrate since 2005.

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This bitesize will take place on Thursday 5th August from 12:00 - 13:00. To register, click here.

Jamie McCoy

Jamie McCoy

Bitesize 1 Speaker: Family farms: where are the routes to resilience?

Jamie McCoy and her partner Deian Evans run Gorwel Farm in Bryngwyn, West Wales.

Gorwel is a family farm, milking 170 dairy cows on an autumn calving grass-based system, they have a flock of 150 commercial sheep, and a very small pig enterprise.

Jamie also works off the farm for AHDB Dairy supporting dairy farmers to improve business competitiveness and is the LEAF Open Farm Sunday Coordinator for Wales.

She is a Nuffield Scholar, with her subject focusing on family farming.

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This bitesize will take place on Thursday 5th August from 12:00 - 13:00. To register, click here.

John Pawsey

John Pawsey

Bitesize 1 Speaker: Family farms: where are the routes to resilience?

John Pawsey is a fourth generation farmer from Suffolk and is a Director of Shimpling Park Farms Limited.

The farm is mixed with 650 hectares of arable land and 1,000 New Zealand Romney breeding ewes on Hanslope series chalky boulder clay. John also farms an additional 980 hectares for neighbouring farmers under farm management contracts.

All the farms are managed organically with the first farm being converted to organic production in 1999. Crops grown on the farm feature an array of legumes and cereals as well as some speciality organic crops.

Diversifications on the farm include a HLS Scheme, commercial and domestic rentals, specialist machinery sales and various renewable energy projects.

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This bitesize will take place on Thursday 5th August from 12:00 - 13:00. To register, click here.

REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT BITESIZE - 5 AUGUST 2021

Join us on Thursday 5 August for the first #OFCBitesize of 2021, Family farms: where are the routes to resilience?, organised in partnership with Nuffield Farming Scholarships.

12pm to 1pm

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