Your Farming Future - Brightleigh Farm Tour

Your Farming Future - Brightleigh Farm Tour

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Brightleigh Farm

Brightleigh Farm

Millers Lane

Outwood

RH1 5PY

United Kingdom

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Join us for this farm tour and peer to peer workshop to learn more about economically and environmentally sustainable beef production

About this event

Brightleigh Farm Visit

The farm visit will involve a farm tour and peer to peer workshop to discuss key topics and explore challenges together. Following the farm tour a Your Farming Future Red Meat peer to peer group will be established which will meet online regularly.

This farm tour is organised as part of the Your Farming Future programme, a package of support offered by the Landworkers’ Alliance, Pasture Fed Livestock Association, and Organic Research centre under DEFRA’s Future Farming Resilience Fund. Check eligibility here and register for the programme here.

You must register with the Your Farming Future programme to attend the farm tour unless you are not eligible.

Scroll down for more information on Your Farming Future and our introductory video.

Brightleigh Farm

Brightleigh Farm in the village of Outwood, Surrey, is 150 acres of permanent pasture and woodland on weald clay. They are Pasture For Life certified, practicing regenerative farming methods and working with nature to produce great tasting, nutritious food for direct sale via their farm shop and farmers markets plus they supply a number of local butchers.

The farm's main concern is a herd of 100 head of cattle, mainly Hereford & Angus and the cross of the 2 – Black Baldies, which gives them the best of both breeds for performing well on grass. The cattle are mob grazed – moving at least once a day, finishing mostly between 24 & 30 months. They graze the herd mid-March to Christmas and are striving each year to extend this to keep the housing period as short as possible. They calve in May/June outside in the mob and their aim is to not have to help any of their cows calve. They cull any animals that don’t perform well on their system. A small amount of silage is made on farm and some species rich hay is bought in for bale grazing to extend the winter grazing.

Brightleigh Farm have a pastured, laying flock of hens of around 100 and raise a few batches of slow grown, pastured chickens for meat as well. These are kept in mobile coops and rotated around the fields.

They also have a small herd of rare breed pigs – Tamworth, British Saddleback and Gloucester Old Spot. These are kept outside when possible, some in the woodland and some on field margins, especially where there are brambles that need checking.

The tour will focus on

  • Grazing management for soil health and pasture production
  • Cattle genetics for grass finishing
  • Bale grazing – the multiple benefits
  • Direct selling
  • Stacking enterprises to make the most of the land

Find out more about Brightleigh Farm on their website.

Plan for the day

10:00 - 10:45 Arrivals and Introductions

10:45 - 12:45 Farm Tour

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch [Note: please bring your own packed lunch]

13:30 - 15:30 Farmer to farmer discussions and problem-solving

15:30 - 16:00 Closing and Feedback

Food and drink: Refreshments will be provided at breaktimes during the day but you will need to bring your own packed lunch.

Covid-19 Policy: You must provide proof of a negative lateral flow test on arrival (logged on the covid passport, the physical test, or a photo). We will send out further advice to registered attendees.

Your Farming Future

  • Need help understanding the payments replacing BPS?
  • Do you want to reduce your input costs?
  • Are you looking to sell direct or shorten your supply chains?
  • Want to improve your soil quality?
  • Interested in moving towards an organic system?

This free support is available to help farmers in England transition to the new Environmental Land Management schemes and build an economically and environmentally sustainable future for your farm. The support programme also involves interactive farmer-led webinars, one-to-one consultancy, peer to peer support networks, and a transition toolkit.

If you haven’t already signed up you can find out more information here and register here. The event is also open to all LWA members and PFLA members though we suggest that you register with the programme first if you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have signed up to receive Your Farming Future support and would like to be contacted about the peer to peer groups then fill out this form.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

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