Promoting profitable farming, healthy soils and clean water
Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that have formed a collaborative partnership to support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.
What we promote
Well Managed Yards & Manures
Store manures, slurry and dirty water so that their nutrients can be utilised on the farm. Ensure only clean water drains to watercourses.
Responsible Nutrient Use
Apply manures and fertilisers accurately, accordingly to crop requirement and during appropriate soil and weather conditions.
Proactive Stock Management
Manage stock to optimise grass utilisation and to reduce their impact on streams and rivers.
Soil Cover Maintained
Maintaining soil cover will ensure the impact of rainfall is broken, feeds soil biology, boosts organic matter levels and be used as a green manure.
Good Soil Structure
Healthy roots, higher yields, better water infiltration and increased drought resilience are all benefits of good soil structure.
Healthy Organic Matter Levels
Monitor and increase organic matter levels by reducing cultivation, utilising manures, incorporating straw, cover crops and grass leys.
Ensure runoff, spray drift and manures doesn’t enter ditches, streams or rivers. Buffers can help to filter out runoff, they can also help to stabilise banks to reduce erosion.
News & Updates
Environmental Stewardship Schemes
Natural England's Mid-Tier stewardship has re-opened for 2018 providing another valuable opportunity for farmers locally to apply for support. There are a wide range of land options available including buffering streams, winter bird food, cover crops, very low input grassland and many more. As a water quality priority catchment, those farming in the Wye are also able to apply for capital grants for the farm yard, including guttering, yard drainage, roofing handling areas and concreting. Visit the .Gov website to read about the scheme or contact one of the CSF or WUF advisers below who may be able to assist you with your application.Countryside Stewardship Scheme
New Farming Rules for Water April 2018
From April 2018 all farmers in England will need to follow a new set of farming rules for water. In summary they are: Rule 1: Plan use of manures and fertilisers in advance to meet soil and crop nutrient needs and not exceed these levels. Rule 2: Storage organic manures to protect watercourses and boreholes. Rule 3: Applying manures or fertilisers in poor soil conditions or if there is significant risk of causing pollution. Rule 4: Not applying organic manures near watercourses or boreholes. Rule 5: Not applying fertiliser near watercourses. Rule 6: Taking all reasonable precautions to prevent soil erosion from cultivations or livestock. Rule 7: Protecting watercourses against soil erosion by livestock. Rule 8: Positioning livestock feeders away from watercourses and boreholes.Read the full details of the new rules here.
AHDB funds an extensive programme of research and knowledge exchange on soil management. As part of the Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership they are looking for farmers to get involved in monitoring soil health and assessing how different management practices can influence it.To get involved in the GREATsoils research click here.
To find out about the AHDB Hereford Monitor Farm click here.
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Promoting the great work that farmers are already doing locally:
Want to hear about local events?
We regularly hold on farm events, to find out what is coming up, click here:
Here are some of the events we have already hosted:
Briefings for Agronomists & Local Discussion Groups & Societies
When Farm Herefordshire was first launched we visited local discussion groups, agricultural societies and agronomists to raise awareness of the challenges we face with Phosphate in the county and the approach being taken to reduce contributions from agriculture.
Make the most of our beautiful catchment! Click on the links below to find out about the sights and attractions in the Wye and the best ways to enjoy them.
Farm Herefordshire works alongside agronomists, levy boards, research institutions, private sector businesses, local authorities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations. It does not promote commercial products and it is not involved in regulatory activities.
Want advice or guidance?
Want free & confidential advice on farm yard infrastructure, soil health, soil testing or environmental stewardship? Contact one of our delivery partners: