Chris Clark presents their farm - Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire NP

630 views

Published on

Agro-ecology All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) event - 25th November 2013

http://www.highnaturevaluefarming.org.uk/manifesto-for-high-nature-value-farming-in-the-uk/

Published in: Education, Technology, Business
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
630
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
386
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Chris Clark presents their farm - Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire NP

  1. 1. Nethergill Farm Langstrothdale
  2. 2. Hill farming challenges • Very low productivity • Huge uncertainties: • Weather • Growing season • Prices – input & output
  3. 3. Farming system
  4. 4. Marketing Product Offer Target markets Self catering High quality accommodation • Enthusiastic amateur naturalists • • • • • • • • • • • • • • B&B Education Centre Meeting room Visual aids Microscope Telescopes Superfast broadband Observation hides Wildlife cameras • Dales Way walkers Schools (primary & secondary) Universities Enthusiastic amateur naturalists Field societies YWT, RSPB, YDNPA etc. Ethnic minorities Board room away-day (weekends) Ready meals (beef & mutton) • Nethergill self catering • Nethergill Club members Cattle • • • • • Lamb • Mutton for Nethergill accommodation • Store lambs to neighbouring farmer Nethergill accommodation White Shorthorn breeders Blue Grey breeders Hill farmers (Morrisons)
  5. 5. How does ‘HNV’ farming underpin the Nethergill business? • • • • More sustainable meat More visitors More educational trips More contribution to overheads & profit
  6. 6. Education • To show that the needs of food, farming and the environment need not and should not be in conflict; • To ensure that guests/visitors leave Nethergill more knowledgeable than when they arrived; • Reading and listening will deepen knowledge; So: • Practical experience at Nethergill will deepen understanding.
  7. 7. Support How important is HLS: But more importantly: • Incredibly important • HLS gives an additional marketing lever • Rare breeds • Fantastic meat • Wildlife tourism • A virtuous circle Without HLS • • • • Higher stocking rates Fertiliser Less bio-diversity Less contribution
  8. 8. Supporting wildlife Bird hide Cameras Rush control Tree planting Nest boxes Hay meadow restoration Field/education centre
  9. 9. Supporting wildlife • Crossbills, Dippers, Buzzards, Merlin, Curlews, Black Grouse • Bird’s-eye primrose, • Dog Violets, Orchids, Yellow Rattle, Eyebright, Butterwort • Otter • Brown trout

×