What is Down to Earth?

Down to Earth is a new, one-day event tailored specifically for livestock farmers interested in understanding the principles behind the regenerative farming approach. Down to Earth will 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.

Down to Earth will focus on the basic principles of healthy soils and regenerative agriculture, offering an arena where the whole industry can come together and address the opportunities, explore the facts and science surrounding its principles and see it in action.

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
  • Maximizing Grass Management
  • Nutrient efficiencies
  • Bugs
  • Agro forestry
  • Optimizing Water care

Why is RABDF organising Down to Earth?

As pressure mounts for all livestock farming systems to become more sustainable, the RABDF has launched an event to offer practical face-to-face help to farmers. Down to Earth is focussed on Regenerative Farming. This sustainable farming method can help build a food system that meets the consumer’s needs, the animals and the environment.

Livestock farmers face unprecedented changes with diminishing farm payments, increasing pressures to farm in an environmentally sensitive way, and looming emissions targets. It’s inevitable, as a result of these mounting pressures, all farmers will have to make some changes to say in business.

In addition, food security is also becoming a cause for concern with the pandemic and the Ukrainian war 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!

In addition, livestock farmers can also benefit from regenerative agriculture by

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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