Nuffield Farming UK Sheep and Beef Study Tour
DEAR NUFFIELD ALUMNI who studied SHEEP and/or BEEF and POTENTIAL SCHOLARS,
- WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US -
The Study tour this summer, on 16th-17th July, assembles at 10 am at South of Oxford (Letcombe Regis) at OX12 9LF on Tony Goode's 2000 ewe out of season AI'd flock - a very thought-provoking business model. David Barber is Tony's excellent Shepherd.
After a pub lunch at Bishopstone, SN6 8PP, we visit Helen Browning's organic farm (she owns the pub). Helen is the current Chair of The Soil Association. Doubtless 'soil health' with livestock and grass will be a topic. (www.helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk).
On arrival 6 pm at The Old Mill Hotel, Harnham, Salisbury, SP2 8EU, where accommodation is reserved for all attendees, we will have a guided tour of the ancient, yet working water meadows, in view of the cathedral. The 'drowner' will preside. (www.oldmillhotelsalisbury.co.uk)
Dinner - a set menu - at The Old Mill Hotel will include our farmer hosts, and after dinner speaker, is sponsored, in part. Dinner and B & B costs (circa £150) will be levied after the event to each attendee. Payment by BACS.
An early get away on the 17th July to avoid traffic, needs an 8am start to rendezvous at Enford SN9 6AZ on the 180,000 acre Salisbury plain where Bruce Waite and James Oliphant will, with the Military Land agent, explain the vagaries of keeping livestock within a very active military presence.
We look in briefly on 'The Great Bustard' breeding project, before driving to Swallowcliffe, SP3 5PL, to the excellent 3000 NZ Romney and NZ Suffolk flocks owned by The Dineley's with Martin Fletcher. They are very kindly providing lunch.
The aim is to end this visit at 5.30 pm.
To book your place, please contact me by email; Axis_farming@unicombox.co.uk or phone; 07785 793450
Those who have already accepted, please use this document for information.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY CHANGES BY 1st JULY 2019
Attendees so far: Aled Davies, Sean Beer, Alan and Anne Beckett, Joe Bailey, Phillip and Sarah Hughes, John and Sue Yeomans, Kendra Hall, Mathew Vaughan, Michael Priestly, Stephen Fell, Becky Moore, John and Andrea Farrow and Caroline Mitchell.