Neil Hickson

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The value and vulnerability of the small abattoir

This film was screened as part of one of our webinar sessions in 2020. It highlights the need and role of local abattoirs and processing.

Links and campaigns

Sustainable Food Trust’s campaign for local abattoirs: 

https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/our-work/local-abattoirs/

Abattoir Sector Group: https://abattoirsectorgroup.org

All party group on animal welfare report: https://apgaw.org/2020/06/07/apgaw-publishes-report-on-small-abattoirs/ 

Sustain report on needed infrastructure in East Lancashire and Sussex: https://www.sustainweb.org/publications/mar22-a-tale-of-two-counties/ 

Alexandra Genova is an independent journalist and filmmaker with more than seven years experience based in London and New York, working for platforms including Al Jazeera, National Geographic, TIME, New York Times, and the Guardian. She has a particular interest in social justice, agriculture and indigenous peoples and is working on a series of short films that explore issues relating to the UK’s farming industry, as well as producing a feature documentary about the Mursi, an agro-pastoralist tribe in southern Ethiopia. You can see more of her work here: www.alexandragenova.co.uk

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Replacing imported soya – a supply chain or a farmer issue?

Soya is a fantastic source of protein, but its prevalence as one of the world’s leading sources of protein is putting massive pressure on our planet. Growing millions of tonnes of soya and shipping it worldwide to feed our livestock isn’t sustainable.

An alternative to soya must be found if we are to reduce carbon emissions. So who is going to fix this? Is it the responsibility of the supply chain, or should farmers lead by finding their own alternatives?

In this video, we have perspectives from an animal feed expert, a retailer who wants to source responsibly and a farmer working through his own solutions.

First speaker: Rob Dakin – Managing partner at Daykin partnership Ltd.

https://www.daykinpartnership.co.uk/

Second speaker: Sam Lee Gammage – Group Ethics and Sustainability Manager for raw food sourcing, John Lewis Partnership

Third speaker: Mike Mallet – Farm Manager of Maple Farm Kelsale

https://maplefarmkelsale.co.uk/

https://www.agricology.co.uk/field/farmer-profiles/mike-mallett

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No-till with living mulches – the holy grail for arable?

Tilling damages soil structure, but it is integral to our modern farming systems. Being able to use green manures and mulches without having to plough them in would save carbon and preserve the delicate balance of our soils. 

In these presentations, three speakers explain just where we’re up to and how we are progressing to the ‘holy grail’ of arable farming. We look at why it’s desirable, what equipment is available and what someone’s personal experience is.

First speaker: Jerry Alford (Soil Association)

https://www.soilassociation.org/farmers-growers/meet-the-team/

Second speaker: Harry Henderson (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board)

https://ahdb.org.uk/

Third speaker: Stuart Mitchell

Whitriggs Farm, Denholm, Scotland

https://www.facebook.com/whitriggsfarm/

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The role of local wool and textile production in regenerative farming

In this film, three speakers explain how they have all worked to develop new enterprises using local wool. These days wool is often seen as a secondary product of the sheep industry. Wool has little value until it is processed. 

Join Zoe, Maria and Kate as they each take you through their individual inspirational journeys into how they are developing local wool businesses here in the North of England.

First speaker: Maria Benjamin (Dodgson Wood Produce)

https://dodgsonwood.co.uk/

Second speaker: Kate Makin (Northern Yarn)

https://www.northernyarn.co.uk

Third speaker: Dr. Zoe Fletcher (The Woolist)

https://thewoolist.co.uk/

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Three regenerative farming projects in the North of England

Regenerative livestock farming across the higher ground of the UK is developing ways that increase biodiversity, lowers inputs and increase profits.

Three farmers adopting regenerative livestock farming techniques explain how they got into it and why it’s working for them.

First speaker: Sam Beaumont (Gowbarrow Hall Farm)

http://gowbarrow.co.uk/

Second speaker: Nic Renison (Renwick, Cumbria)

https://www.agricology.co.uk/field/farmer-profiles/paul-nic-renison

Third speaker: Garry Miller (Penruddock, Cumbria)

https://www.millerfarming.co.uk/

Lots of information about pasture farming is available from Pasture For Life.