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GG Emissions from Livestock Farms- update

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Farms

A focus group meeting with farmers, for farmers, by farmers

8 February 2013

The concept of sustainability has been applied to all sectors of society. Whether we live in a city or in
a rural area, communities are encouraged to consider their impact on the environment and the social
and economic sustainability of their practices. Farming communities are particularly under pressure;
farmers are expected to be competitive in growing markets at local, national and international level. At
the same time, they are also incentivised to protect the natural environment and implement practices
that promote environmental conservation.Finally, farmers are now also encouraged to reduce their
carbon footprint in order to provide long-term sustainability of their land-based businesses. The
multiple challenges farmers are facing daily can be discouraging and lead to a feeling of isolation from
the rest of the society. In particular, the research community and policy makers are seen as distant
entities, not always fully understanding the practical challenges that farmers need to overcome. The
study addresses the need for establishing successful communication between farmers and
researchers, with respect to greenhouse gas mitigation and farm practices sustainability. By engaging
with the farming community, valuable feedback is obtained on current, practical barriers to the
implementation of mitigation options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how these barriers
influence the decision-making process at the farm level. The purpose of the study is to engage the
farming community in better understanding the scientific evidence on what can be done practically to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time valuing the importance of farmers’
contribution to what is feasible on their farms. By jointly assessing the feasibility of greenhouse gas
mitigation options in different types of farms, we are providing support to farmers directly and learning
from their insights and experiences. Indirectly policy makers that have the difficult task to include
sustainability in policies will benefit from such translational research that should facilitate better policy
developments that are likely to affect future generations.

Meeting Programme
11:00 – 11:30 Registration, Tea & Coffee
11:30 – 11:40 Introduction by Dr John Conway and Dr Richard Baines
11:40 – 12:00 Sara Burbi: presentation of the study and results to date
12:00 – 12:40 Farmers experience: Russell Carrington, Caplor Farm Ltd., Herefs.
Will Edwards, White House Farm, Herefs.
12:40 – 13:00 Questions & Comments
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 – 14:10 Introduction to breakout session
14:10 – 14:45 Breakout session:
Group 1 - Livestock dietary management
Group 2 - Manure management
Group 3 - Grazing and pasture management
14:45 – 15:15 Panel session, Q&A
15:15 – 15:30 Tea & Coffee break
15:30 – 15:45 Wrap up: summary of the event, next steps

School of Agriculture Royal Agricultural College

How to find us
The Royal Agricultural College is superbly located on the outskirts of Cirencester in the heart of the
Cotswolds. We are easily accessible by train, coach and car from most parts of the UK.

By Car
For visitors using Satellite Navigation, the College postcode is GL7 6JS.
M4 Motorway
Exit Junction 15 on to A419 to Cirencester. Exit at Cirencester Industrial Area and follow clear
signposting to the College.
M5 Motorway
Exit Junction 11A on to A417. Exit at Stratton and follow Gloucester Road, from where it is clearly
signposted to Cirencester Town Centre.
M40 Motorway
Take the A40 to Burford, then B4425 to Cirencester via Fosse Way (A429) from Stow-on-the-Wold.
The College is clearly signposted from the Cirencester by-pass.

By Rail
There are frequent British Rail services from London (Paddington) to Kemble Station (Cirencester),
via Swindon. There are also regular trains from Gloucester and Cheltenham, which connect to the
main train lines.
A taxi and bus service is available to transport you the remaining three miles from Kemble Station to
the College.
Contact National Rail
Tel: 08457 484950
Web: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Contact First Great Western
Tel: 08457 000125
Web: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk