Whole Farm Planning / Agroforestry Principles (Online) with Niels Corfield

NOTS are delighted to confirm the first running of Niels Corfield’s online Whole Farm Planning / Agroforestry Principles course. This will run over two consecutive Thursday mornings – July 9th and July 16th. This course is available for the incredible price of just €25 when you sign up through NOTS.

The Whole Farm Planning course covers the main aspects of farm infrastructure and layout: fencing, water, power, access. As well as structures, hedge management, and manure management / upcycling.

This course would also be applicable to arable operations looking to diversify. Skills training would be on use of mapping tools like Field Margin, while outcomes would be to create up to date maps for the farm with some sample fencing/water/power/tree layouts overlaid.

Date: Thursday July 9th & 16th, 2020
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm both days
Cost: €25
(NOTS Rate)

Whole Farm Planning Principles / Topics:

1 Ensure Uniformity of Conditions within Fields
     • Slope, aspect, soil/vegetation type. Redraw boundaries where appropriate.
2 Manage Hedges for Maximum Benefit/Function
     • Allow to grow-up & out for shelter & biodiversity/coppice for biomass.
3 Let Your Objectives Dictate Practice
     • Don’t let management choices be limited by infrastructure or by set-up.
4 Invest in Flexible – Not Redundant Infrastructure
     • Reduce capital costs while facilitating adaptive farm management.
5 Minimise On-Farm Journey Times
     • Modify quads, switch to drive-over gates & fence systems
6 Distribute Power & Water to the Whole Farm
     • Minimise time and work with management intensive grazing operations.
7 Bring the Animal to the Feed, Not the Feed to the Animal
     • Bale carting, hay feeding and housing cut your margin.
8 Increase Structural Diversity on Farm
     • Integrate trees etc into the interior of fields for max fungal- and edge effect.
9 Provide Protection for Stock, Crops & Structures
     • Shelter from: wind, driving rain and drifting snow. Shade livestock from strong sun.
10 Integrate Trees for Productive Outputs
     • Livestock browse, woodchip, fruit/nuts, biomass etc.
11 Protect Riparian Areas from Stock & Cropping
     • Preserve stream-bank integrity & prevent leaching by establishing Riparian Buffers.
12 Work with the Lie of the Land
     • Shape the land to arrest and redistribute water across your farm
13 Design Housing for Easy Feeding & Mucking-Out
     • Mesh floors, deep bedding, easy access/central placed hay stores.
14 Maximise Manure & Bedding Resources On-Farm
     • Ensure plenty of carbon when bedding-up. Compost all manures aerobically.
15 Prefer Renewable Resources & Energy
     • Rain water, gravity-fed, ram pumps & solar panels before mains water/power.

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