Soil Farmer of the Year farm walk – 3rd place – Bronagh O’Kane

Part of our 2023 SFOTY farm walks series

Having come back to the farm in 2020, Bronagh has begun a journey to transform the soil. Historically the farm has supported continental cattle breeds on a high reliance on imported feed, Bronagh has transitioned to more traditional breeds managed on grasslands. Utilising a small pasture grazing system she has increased the grazing period by 4 weeks and soils are more resilient to the extremes of dry and wet weather. Bronagh has started producing her own vermicast and composting to improve soil biology, focusing on natural inputs and a softer approach with foliar fertilisers where needed to manage historically compact and imbalanced soils. The walk will provide the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the practices undertaken at the farm and the ongoing challenges and successes that Bronagh sees in her system.

The farm walk will begin at 14:00 and will provide an opportunity to further hear how Bronagh’s management led her to be awarded third place at this years Soil Farmer of the Year competition.

The event will take place outside, please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Light refreshments will be provided.

To book:

To book your free place on this walk please head to the eventbrite page here and reserve a spot!

Bronagh O’Kane (3rd place, left) at the announcement of the SFOTY competition winners at Groundswell Agriculture 2023, alongside Richard Anthony (2nd place, centre) and Stuart Johnson (winner, right).

Other SFOTY farm walks:

Keep an eye out for news of Stuart and Richard’s farm walks on our events page here.