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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