Wednesday 3rd July

Wednesday 3rd July

Wednesday 3rd July

Wednesday 3rd July

Wednesday 3rd July

The UK’s top regenerative agriculture event for livestock producers is back this summer at one of the country’s leading farming establishments.

Award-winning Grosvenor Farms in Cheshire will host RABDF’s Down to Earth on Wednesday, 3rd July. Down to Earth is now in its third year and is designed to offer something for everyone interested in profitable farming and transitioning towards more environmentally acceptable systems.

Grosvenor Farms has been chosen as the host due to its ability to demonstrate firsthand the intrinsic benefits of a whole-farm approach. They were the 2023 overall winner of the UK’s premier dairy industry awards – the Cream Awards – where they were recognised for reducing the carbon footprint of their activities, improving carbon sequestration and enhancing biodiversity.

Grosvenor Farms produces high-quality, nutritious milk and cereal grains, adopting sustainable practices that benefit animal welfare and enhance the environment. The farm consists of an arable and 2,600-cow dairy operation and is spread across 2,340 hectares, including 800 hectares of arable, 450 hectares of three-year grass leys on a multi-cut system and 350 hectares of maize. Approximately 12% of the land is managed to support greater biodiversity and improve natural habitats.

 

What is Down to Earth?

Down to Earth is tailored specifically for livestock farmers interested in understanding the principles behind the regenerative farming approach and transitioning towards more environmentally acceptable systems.
This year’s event promises to have something for everyone! Whether you’re new to this topic and just curious, or a farmer looking for practical take-home strategies to implement and enhance what you are already doing on your farm, through to those who want to follow a full regenerative journey, then Down to Earth is for you.

Why visit Down to Earth?

Whether you’re about to start on your journey or a seasoned professional at this environmentally friendly farming approach – there’s something for everyone.

  • Visitors gain knowledge from:
  • Key industry speakers
  • Networking with like-minded individuals
  • Simple take home strategies
  • Understanding carbon management
  • Gather funding advice
  • Improving on farm standards
  • Gain practical knowledge:
  • Improving soil health
  • Maximising Grass Management
  • Nutrient efficiencies
  • Bugs
  • Agro forestry
  • Optimising Water care

Why is RABDF organising Down to Earth?

Down to Earth is focussed on regenerative farming, which has been proven to help build a food system that meets the consumer’s needs, the animals and the environment. As pressure mounts for livestock farming systems to become more sustainable, the RABDF feels it’s important to help equip farmers with the information needed to enable informed decisions back on individual farms.

In addition, food security is also becoming a cause for concern with the pandemic, the Ukrainian war and weak Sterling thrusting it into the spotlight. The UK has some fantastic agricultural land and can utilise the uplands effectively with native breeds. So, finding ways to produce world-class food in an efficient and environmentally sensitive manner is a must!

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Increasing land productivity

Although research is still limited, it is thought regenerative farming practices can improve soil health and diversity and lead to better crop yields and livestock output.

Improving vegetation

Regenerative farming creates better conditions for growing high-quality, nutrient-dense food that can better survive droughts and remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through carbon sequestration.

Enhancing water quality

Water and soil health are intrinsically linked. Improving soil fertility can help water infiltration leading to less runoff, erosion and pollution. It also makes land more drought tolerant.

Restoring a soils carbon content

Building healthy soils and improving the organic matter and the natural living biodiversity in the soil enhances the ground’s ability to draw down carbon from the air and store it underground.

Reversing climate change

Research suggests regenerative agriculture can reverse climate change by sequestering atmospheric CO2 in the soil.

Improving farm sustainability

Using manure effectively, making more from grazing and improving crop productivity through better soil management are vital to a farm’s sustainability.

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