As well as ‘open events’ every two months for anyone in the Network, the following three groups are targeted towards the particular interests of their members. They are open to new members and plan their own activities with support and coordination from the Network Officer. They usually meet in the evenings with occasional daytime sessions as required. Contact the Network Officer for more information.
Micro Farming Group
This Group is aimed at people who want to manage their land and livestock as a profitable business, but are doing it on a small scale or part time basis. Some members are new into farming or have returned to farming after other careers, others have some land (ranging from 20 to 200 acres) on which they are farming livestock but facing particular challenges from operating on a small scale or part time. As well as networking, sharing experiences and information, the group have practical farm based visits on key issues such as pasture management, pest control, on-farm processing etc. The group has around 25 members and meets every
Women in Farming
With over 138 women on the mailing list, this group is primarily aimed at women who are farming or live on a farm, but may also run a business or work outside farming. Each training or on-farm session attracts around 25 - 35 attendees, with ages ranging from 25 to 80. As well as the training and information exchange opportunities, many women welcome the chance to network across the moor, make new friends and learn some of the more technical aspects of farming. Sessions have included: on-farm diversification (tourism and food products); electronic tagging and EID; sheep condition scoring; book-keeping and VAT; social media for marketing. The group has also built the confidence of members to engage with and attend the Network’s open events too. The group meets monthly.
Forward Farming Group
This group aims to introduce members to new ideas, practices and technology with presentations and farm visits across the area. Members often host visits to demonstrate new activities on their farm alongside an expert speaker. Recent sessions have included a calf rearing unit, robotic milking machine, easy care sheep breeds and an on-farm micro-hydro scheme. The 25 members meet on a monthly basis with some separately funded social events.
Exmoor Hill Farming Network
Cutcombe Market, Wheddon Cross,
Minehead, Somerset TA24 7DT
Tel: 01643 841455
Office Hours: 9am - 1pm (Monday to Friday)
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