The Oxford Farming Conference

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

Hosted in partnership with Nuffield Farming Scholarships

Are family farms resilient for the future? Do they have the skills and resources required to operate a viable business? And most importantly can they get access to the “routes” required to give them a fair playing field? Family farms often fall into the “squeezed middle”, not your niche businesses nor your large commercial enterprises but those who sit in the middle ground of agriculture and are often overlooked by the industry or pushed to look for their own innovative solutions due to a lack of support.

During this bitesize, we hear from three farmers who are embedded in family businesses and have felt the squeeze. They talk about the challenges they face and their solutions for the future.


  • John Pawsey - Arable, Sheep, Renewables, Machinery Sales, Organic - Shimpling Park Farms Ltd, Suffolk, England
  • Jamie McCoy - Dairy, Sheep, Pigs, Pumpkins - Gorwel Farm, Bryngwyn, Wales
  • John Martin - Sheep, Dairy Heifer Rearing, Arable, Renewables - Gordonall Farms, Co Down, Ireland
  • Host: Barbara Bray - OFC Co-Chair 2021-22 Hosted in partnership with Nuffield Farming Scholarships

REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT BITESIZE - 4 November 2021 - Resilient Leadership

Good leadership can influence a business, its people, and the way it is perceived by the industry. It can define the direction, inspire a vision and create a positive culture for all involved. But what does good leadership look like and how has it changed over the years? What skills and experience do leaders need to be resilient now and in the future, in particular during this turbulent time within agriculture.What are the qualities of a good leader? During our final Bitesize of 2021, we partner with the Global Farmer Network to hear from three leaders from different parts of the world,

12pm to 1pm

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