Farm walks: Taking Stock
Time to Take Stock
Over the coming years, farming will undergo a period of radical reform. How prepared are you for the changes and opportunities ahead?
Taking Stock is a free programme of webinars and live events designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England.*
1. Watch a kick-off webinar to introduce you to the coming changes.
The webinars have been running since May. But if you missed them live, it's not too late to catch up. You can watch a recorded version whenever it's convenient. The 60minute webinar covers:
- Is it all about the money? Hear the proposed changes to payments to farmers and land managers being implemented by Defra and how their phasing out will affect your business.
- Public money for public goods. We’ll cover what Defra currently consider to be a public good so you can be rewarded for what your farm already provides, and assess what practices you can adopt and how you can evidence it.
- Getting to grips with ELM. We’ll outline how the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is likely to work and what is different from current payment schemes.
- Animal health and welfare pathway – find out about grants available and ways in which your livestock can help in your delivery of public goods.
To access the webinar, please submit your details via the form below.
2. Receive your farm business action plan and chat to our advisors about filling it in.
This has been developed to help you to take stock of your business, and assess and identify the opportunities the new range of support from Defra can offer you. You can also arrange a chat with one of our advisors to discuss your specific circumstances.
3. Meet up at one of five pioneering farms across the South West.
After months in lockdown, we're excited to be getting out on farm and visiting some inspirational farmers. Join us for a socially-disanced meeting and farm walk and talk to farmers who are getting ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new ELM scheme.
- Monday 28 September: Launceston Farm (Jimi and Cath Collis) - Dorset. Click to book here.
- Thursday 1 October: Higher Hacknell Farm (Jo and Tim Budden) - Devon. Click to book here.
- Friday 2 October: Eastbrook Farm (Helen Browning) - Wiltshire. Click to book here.
- Tuesday 6 October: Lesquite Farm (Tom and Nicola Tolputt) – Cornwall. Click to book here.
- Thursday 8 October: Whittington Lodge Farm (Ian Boyd) – Gloucestershire. Click to book here.
If you are unable to attend a farm walk, wish to access the online webinar or would like more information from the programme – please fill in your details below.
* As this is a pilot project, funded by Defra, it had to be focussed on just one region. If you farm outside the South West you are very welcome to join us for all of the online sessions, and come along to the live events too if it's not too far to travel.