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Saving Costs – Making Better Use of What a Farm Can Produce
24 October 2019 @ 10:45 am - 2:45 pm
The Farmer Network invites you to a free workshop on Thursday 24th October 2019
At High House, Wilton, Egremont CA22 2PJ with kind permission of Terry, Eileen and Thomas Dixon from 10.45am - 2.45pm
The event will involve a farm walk and discussions led by:
• Terry, Eileen and Thomas Dixon on their approach to making their business as resilient as possible and the ways they have put them into practice
• James Webster, farm business consultant on how to assess your options and put the best ones into practice
• Rosie Law from Catchment Sensitive Farming on the slurry separation at High House and the storage of both the solid and liquid parts. How both of these parts can be used to the best advantage for the farm budget and as a consequence reduce the impact the farm has on the environment in terms of water and air quality. How to obtain grant funding and free advisory visits from CSF will also be covered.
Lunch will be served at the meeting so please book.
For biosecurity reasons, please wear clean clothing and footwear.
For more information & to book a place, please contact the Farmer Network on
Tel: 01768 868615, Text: 07714 187034 or email:email@example.com
Additonal info on High House:
The Dixon family partnership farm 800 acres with a forage-based, autumn- calving 220 cow dairy herd, plus a number of other farm – based enterprises. These include short-rotation willow coppice, cereals, 50KW Solar Panels, an 11 KW Wind Turbine, a 1 Mega Watt Biomass Boiler, a small stone business, plus grass and muck drying and managing mature woodland and a 40 acre SSSI bog.
The herd is made up of Viking Red, Holstein and Montbeliard crosses on a rotational grazing system for the past 2 years, with grass silage and straights TMR. They have a slurry separator, drying the solids for bedding, and have invested in a roofed midden and covered lagoons to avoid pollution of watercourses and to fit in with new legislation on air quality. The family have made good use of the grants available to try and make their business as resilient as possible.
The main aim for this on farm event is to allow farmers to look at how the Dixons have managed to maximise production with the least inputs, by reducing waste and making the most of what is available and take away ideas which they could out in to practice at their own farms
This workshop is part of the Cumbria Growth Catalyst Programme funded by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership utilising support from Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.