Next Forum: Wednesday 30th June 2021, 6-7pm
The South of England Agricultural Society has launched a new series of regular Technical Forums targeted at active farmers and growers across the region. The free-to-attend webinars will tackle a broad range of issues with the aim to push the boundaries of our thinking.
The next Technical Forum, ‘Breaking the Mould’ featuring George Brown, is scheduled to take place online on Wednesday 30th June 2021 from 6pm-7pm.
George Brown is no ordinary farmer. With no background in farming he fell in love with dairying at a young age and with a dogged determination has been pursuing a dream of owning his own place ever since.
Much of George’s success comes from his readiness to ask the silly question. To challenge the status quo, and not to accept that tradition and the ‘way things have always been done’ should hold anyone back.
Having worked in New Zealand, George has spent the last few years proving himself on dairy farms across the UK, whilst also building his own herd of cows which he has leased back to the farms he was working on.
Now, his dream is well and truly on track – he recently took on contract farming agreement on a 550-cow unit in Hampshire. Employing a team of five and having secured a significant bank loan to underpin the provision of machinery, contracting and labour he is building up his ‘cow equity’ currently owning about a third of the stock on the farm.
The question is, what next?
We are delighted to welcome George as our next Technical Forum guest speaker. George will talk about his journey and what he has learnt along the way. And most intriguingly he will share with us where he is heading next!
Whether you are an established farmer, or a budding new entrant, this will be a fascinating forum to attend.
Guest Speaker: George Brown
“I am a 30 year old first generation dairy farmer, involved in the Bisterne Estate, Hampshire, on a contract farming agreement. Initially growing up in London with both parents being architects, I have been fortunate to have worked for some amazing farmers in my fairly short career in the industry. They have fostered my strong interest in collaborative farming arrangements, and have pushed me to grow a business in the dairy industry.
The dairy at Bisterne covers 500ha of grassland, supporting our 600 block calving cows plus followers. The soil type is a free draining sand over gravel, with mitigation against the effects of increasingly dry summers being a focus of our attention. We supply milk to Arla on a retailer aligned contract, and I have been elected as a district vice chair in recent member elections for the area forum. I am passionate about young people in agriculture and more specifically about careers in the dairy industry.
I am also a big fan of Hi Viz clothing and our orange Kubota tractors – apparently the latter help to maintain the illusion of being low cost!”
The Technical Forums are held by the South of England Agricultural Society as part of its charitable remit to fund and support agricultural education and countryside learning.