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Natural Flood Management in the Quantock Hills Somerset

Natural Flood Management in the Quantock Hills Somerset

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:00 to 14:30

Find out how natural flood management techniques are being used in the Quantock Hills to reduce erosion and slow the flow of run off. We will discuss what opportunities are available through various projects in Somerset.

The day will include a short talk introducing our approach to natural flood management, and the techniques that have worked successfully. This will be followed by a site visit to Lydeard Hill and Wills Neck to look at the features and techniques used, which have been funded by the Somerset Rivers Authority through the Hills to Levels project.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential. Call 01823 660684, email [email protected] or you can book via our website 

24/04/2019 - 11:00 to 14:30
The 18 tonne dry matter challenge: Devon

The 18 tonne dry matter challenge: Devon

Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:45 to 14:30

Venue: Ditchetts Farm, Long Drag, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 5NG

Join AHDB and Dr George fisher for the forth strategic farm meeting at Ditchetts Farm to find out how the Tucker family can rise to the challenge of maximising grass production. 

Recent studies show huge variation in the performance of individual paddocks on the same farm, with grass growth varying by 280% between the highest and lowest performing paddocks.

Ditchetts Farm shows a noticeable variation, with over 5t DM/ha difference across the grazing area. So with grazed grass valued at £110/t, they can’t afford not to address the shortfall in underperforming paddocks. Can you?

Dr George Fisher

Dr George Fisher is an Independant Grassland consultant with both an academic and commercial background. A former British Grassland Sociecty President, he has published many papers and is currently working with ADAS as part of the Grass YEN project which focuses on increasing grassland yields.

At the meeting

We will be using Ditchetts Farm’s current grass growth performance figures, soil analysis and in-field assessments, alongside current research, to challenge its capacity to grow more grass and improve their milk-from-forage figures. Join us to discuss how the grass growing potential of your farm can be realised, starting from the soil upwards and setting targets for the season ahead.

We will also review the current technical and financial performance against AHDB’s newly revised optimal dairy systems defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for all block-calving systems.

To book your FREE place contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or [email protected]. For more information contact Kate Harris on 07929 203703

The cost of attending this event is covered through your levy, but please ensure you register your attendance for catering purposes.

Please bring a clean pair of wellington boots to help with the biosecurity and out of respect to the host’s farm business.

*If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact us as soon as possible.

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details.  



25/04/2019 - 10:45 to 14:30
Growing Grass, growing success: Newport

Growing Grass, growing success: Newport

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:30 to 14:30

Working together to bring you the 2019 spring farm walks:

What are the practical aspects of growing a successful business through grass and forage?

Join AHDB Dairy, BGS and LIC on our farm walk where we explore how Dairy farmer Peter Cozens has optimised his grass management.

  • Autumn block calving – the simple way: Peter has a well-established autumn-block grazing system, we find out how ‘keeping it simple’ works best for him.
  • Managing the people ‘jigsaw’: We find out how Peter successfully manages the different needs of his staff and how the balances this with the needs of the business.


  • Maximising the benefits of the easy-care cow: Find out about the challenges and opportunities that come with managing a cross-bred herd.
  • Utilising grass simply: How to make the most out of both grazed grass and silage.


10.30am – Registration

11.00am – Welcome

11.10am – Farm Walk, hosted by Peter Cozens, facilitated by LIC & AHDB

13.00pm – Round up by BGS, followed by light lunch and opportunity to talk with trade sponsors

Hosted by Rex Paterson Farms Ltd, by kind permission of Douglas Paterson courtesy of Peter Cozens

Please ensure you are wearing clean and appropriate footwear

Pre-registration is required Register at: [email protected] or phone 01904 771218

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details.

30/04/2019 - 10:30 to 14:30
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