Regenerative Agriculture Walk & Talk - Balbirnie Home Farms, Freuchie
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Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Venue: Pitillock Farm, Freuchie, Fife, KY15 7JQ
Cost: Free to SLE Members, £15 for non-members
Scottish Land & Estates, in partnership with Balbirnie Home Farms invites SLE Members to attend this knowledge transfer and information event aimed at landowners, farmers and conservation professionals.
Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass.
Balbirnie Home Farms is a partnership that runs a 1300Ha mixed farming operation with cereals, vegetables and beef cattle. In addition, there are 400Ha of woodland, both commercial and amenity. Integration of enterprises is key to the business. Livestock will graze short term leys within the arable rotation as a break from the cereals; thinnings from the woodland are burned in the biomass powered grain drier and woodland is used to provide shelter during the winter so that livestock can be outside for linger periods of the year.
A number of regenerative agriculture practices have been implemented over the past few years such as direct drilling of arable crops, more intensive grazing of both grass and short-term leys and cover crops grown out with the normal cropping windows.
Hosted by Johnnie Balfour and his father, Robert Balfour, as well as members of the Balbirnie Home Farms team, this informal ‘Walk & Talk’ event is an opportunity to speak with those directly involved in the management of farmland for the benefit of the economics, environment and people.
A key part of this event will be to learn more about regenerative agriculture in a practical and mutually beneficial way.
This unique event will allow interested parties to come together in an informal setting to meet, network and learn from each other in the field.
Discussion topics will include:
• Tillage reduction and direct drilling
• Integration of livestock
• Cover crops
• Woodland pastures
• Biomass grain drying
This event is free of charge to SLE Members, but booking is essential through SLE website.