Nuffield Farming conference offers great advice

Nuffield Farming Conference 2015. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Nuffield Farming Conference 2015. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Want to hear about the latest international solutions that will shape the way you farm in the future? Then make sure you catch up with the papers presented by Nuffield Scholars at the latest conference held in Belfast at the end of this week (November 25-27).

This stimulating and thought-provoking event heard from young, passionate farmers and industry individuals, who have travelled the world in order to bring back the very latest technology and ideas that offer relevant and exciting practical applications across Britain.

Subject titles included:

• No antibiotics ever – an option for the UK poultry industry?

• Intensive horticulture – Man versus Machine

• Above and below the ground: building resilient, productive and profitable soils

• Opportunities for farmers in the New Energy sector

• All winter grazing for sheep

• Investigating different farming systems to improve efficiency in the UK beef industry

“This year we have seen an exceptional high standard of reporting, with Scholars showing both passion and ambition,” says Mike Vacher, Nuffield Farming director.

During the two-day event the delegates heard a total of 15 Scholars presentations from 2014, saw new Scholars being awarded with their Scholarships, listened to industry influences speak, and saw annual awards handed out.

The HRH Duke of Gloucester awarded the 2016 Scholars with their Scholarships. These 18 new Scholars will embark on their journey in the next 12 months, and will be presenting their findings in two years’ time.

“The conference is a fantastic opportunity for new and old Scholars to come together with industry influences and focus on the future, share knowledge, and learn from ground-breaking work being carried out across the world. It is helping us to develop and support tomorrow’s industry leaders,” says Mike.

“We would like to thank all our conference sponsors for their support, without them we would be unable to host this prestigious event,” he added.

To find out more about the highly successful conference and read the 2014 Scholars reports, please visit: