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Thu, 25 Jan



Pastured Poultry

Pastured poultry can be a great regenerative enterprise. Hear from the farmers making it work!

Pastured Poultry
Pastured Poultry

Time & Location

25 Jan 2024, 12:00 – 17:00

FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

Pastured poultry can be a great regenerative enterprise. Hear from the farmers making it work!

We shall explore the challenge of selecting, feeding and housing pastured poultry for meat and eggs in a high welfare and regenerative context.

Join in this interactive workshop to hear more about the key practices and principles of rearing pastured poultry, and share your building designs, tips on diet and examples of processing and routes to market.

We will hear from farmers from around the country who are rearing broilers, layers and turkeys on pasture. Let's see how they are making it work and learn from their mistakes.

We will hear from the following farmers:

Mike Mallett is the manager of Maple Farm Kelsale, a 137ha Organic farm located near the Suffolk Coast. Mike has spent years developing a pasture based poultry system for his 2000 laying hens. The focus for years has been developing the farms own Soya free feed after asking the question “Why can’t we feed our hens with a UK based feed anymore” Mike’s talk takes us on a fascinating journey telling how the farm has answered that question and has gone beyond Soya, creating a far more sustainable farm in the process.

George Ford, farmer at Nempnett Pastures in North Somerset, produces seasonal pasture raised broilers, Christmas turkeys and grass fed beef, all of which are sold direct from the farm. George will share good and bad experiences along with lessons learned over the past few years setting up a new diversification and brand.

Amy Chapple from Redwoods Farm in Devon has laying hens that roost in converted livestock trailers and her parents have broilers that live in 'chicken tractors' or polytunnels. They all get moved around the farm, following the cattle and sheep, scratching up the dung and keeping their active minds busy. Their chickens are fed on a soya free diet with most of the feed being grown less than 10 miles from the farm. 

Peer to peer workshop sessions will allow participants to share problems and solutions. Bring photos and plans of your mobile sheds, chicken tractors and turkey gobbledygos!

By the end of the day, you will leave with a plan for your next steps and a community of fellow pastured poultry keepers to bounce off.

We will of course feed you well throughout the day with a menu featuring locally reared pastured chicken and eggs, and fresh produce from our kitchen garden.

Tiered Pricing

Delivery of our mission is a collective effort and our values embrace inclusivity and diversity. We don’t want price to be a barrier to anyone visiting FarmED or attending our events. Read more about our tiered pricing policy here.

If cost is a barrier to you attending, then please do ask us for financial support. The FarmED Bursary offers free or subsidised places to those that will benefit most.

North East Cotswolds Farmer Cluster

We can offer discounted tickets to NECFC members, please email for a discount code.

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Cancellation Policy

We understand that there may be times where you need to cancel your booking.  Our cancellation policy is outlined here.


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