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Better Business - Creating sustainable business models

Organic Centre Wales is helping one farmer to change his business, allowing him to focus on his professional and personal priorities while making his production system more sustainable and creating opportunities for young farmers.

Roger Bufton runs Ewan Brook, a 120 ha organic farm with beef, sheep and arable enterprises, near Crickhowell, Powys. He wants to focus on crop production, but recognises that livestock and their manures play a crucial part in his system. He is therefore making the fertility building phases of his rotation available to young farmers to raise stock.

OCW and Wales YFC are organising an open day at the farm on 14 June to explain the benefits of the system to both established farmers and those looking to get started.

'This is a truly beneficial system for everyone,' said Roger. 'I'm able to focus on the crops, but I still get all the benefits of having stock on the farm. At the same time, youngsters get a foot on the ladder.' Tony Little, OCW's field officers said 'This is fantastic example of how organic farming systems can be more sustainable while bringing on the next generation of organic farmers'. To find out more, contact on 01970 621632. read more   

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