Afternoon Workshops At Three Counties Farming Conference

14.15 Barry Mann, Rural Payments Agency

14.40 William Cracroft-Eley,  Founder & Chairman of Terravesta

William Cracroft-Eley, Terravesta chairman

International commitments on emissions and climate change are all framed on a number of target dates, with the furthest being 2050.

30 years is the “Blink of an Eye” in which to develop new feedstocks, develop and implement new infrastructure, and have it all working at scale in order to deliver the required outcomes.

William Cracroft-Eley founded Terravesta in 2011, to deliver rapidly upscalable biomass supply chains from Miscanthus, successfully bridging the different needs of the end-user and the grower. In conjunction with Aberystwyth University, Terravesta’s ongoing plant breeding programme is developing new seed-based Miscanthus hybrids that will maximise our ability to deliver the solutions demanded today for the sustainable achievements of the world’s 2050 goals.

Since planting Miscanthus at home in 2006 and realising its excellent potential as a stable farm enterprise on difficult land, William has made it his mission to bring order and transparency to Miscanthus supply. William established Terravesta Ltd in 2011 to deliver a secure and reliable national contract-based supply chain and develop the market for Miscanthus as the UK's no 1 energy crop.

15.15 Ad West, Livestock Information Limited

  • How to move your cow with your thumb!
  • The future of livestock movement recording and what it means for all of us

15.40 Katie Hall, National Chairman of Young Farmers

  • Yellow Welly Farm Safety Campaign

Katie Hall

Katie Hall is The Chairman of Council for The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs for 2019-20.

As Chairman, Katie leads the Council's 63 elected members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales who represent the views of the wider membership when shaping the programme of work at NFYFC. Katie has been a member of Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs for more than 12 years, holding positions of responsibility at club and county levels before taking on the national role.

Outside of her YFC work, Katie is a calf nutritionist and Regional Sales Representative for Bonanza Calf Nutrition.  


16.15 Nuffield Scholar Presentations

  • Nuffield Scholar Presentations by Jonathan Gill and James Smaldon start at 16.15

Jonathan Gill 

Jonathan Gill is a qualified robotic engineer specialising in mechatronic systems starting out in the offshore industry supervising the ROV team in harsh underwater environments.

Now working at Harper Adams University as a researcher his focus is aerial drone systems and their role within agriculture with operation, design, programming and spraying operations.

The ‘Hands-Free Hectare’ which has been his boldest attempted fusing automation, agronomy and agriculture together operating drones and drone technology to achieve a world’s first.

Now the Hectare has grown into Thirty-Five Ha, ‘The Hands-Free Farm’ another world’s first and aiming to be a fully robotic arable farm.

The presentation will be based on the Hands-Free Hectare / Farm and drone technology to be used in the future of agriculture.

James Smaldon

This project investigates the various technological advances (automation and precision, primarily) being developed and trialled around the world for poultry. The aim is to understand how British poultry farming will change over the coming decades and to provide strategies to ensure that the increase in technology does not result in a detriment to bird welfare.

Bird welfare can pay dividends for farm production performance; "animal welfare can become the welcome partner rather than the opponent of efficient farming". However, the implementation of technology solely for the sake of technology may not be beneficial to the animal or for the industry’s wider perception to the end consumer.