LIVESTOCK LIVE is the first in a series of live farm visits to create a greater insight into sustainable farming practices. The inaugural Livestock Live will take place at Dingley Dell Farm, nr Woodbridge in Suffolk on 7th September 2012.
Examples of Best Practice in Livestock and Arable farming are still few and far between. Despite public relations endeavours, farming remains somewhat of an elixir to the onward supply chain. The debate as to what constitutes best practice is, however, more alive than ever. The debate of reverting to traditional practices, innovation, new technologies, coupled with ethical issues, unprecedented commercial and political pressures, is the cause for a cocktail of confusion, disjointed debate and lack of transparency.
The upside is that debates about GM, closed loop practices and permaculture, are on a more even-footing than ever, lending a premise for mature debate. In the first of a series of Footprint Forum farm visits, Livestock Live aims to give an already enlightened purchasing community higher level insight into thought leadership and intelligence from an unique whole supply chain point of view.
Dingley Dell Pork was established in 1999 by brothers Mark and Paul Hayward on their farm near Woodbridge in the beautiful Deben Valley of Suffolk. Their aim was to produce superb tasting, welfare friendly pork with impeccable provenance. Mark says “As a farmer, it is a real pleasure to see contented pigs, living outdoors and free to express all their natural instincts.” The atmosphere that the pigs live in at Dingley Dell is calm and nurturing. Paul adds “The environment here is geared towards the welfare of the animals and we‘re proud to have been a member of the RSPCA’s Freedom Food scheme for over 15 years now. Our farm is one of the few ‘Ambassador Farms’ for Freedom Food. Happy pigs and great flavour go hand in hand and Dingley Dell Pork is all about taste and welfare.”
Dingley Dell pork is processed locally, using trusted, established partners, to provide a strict provenance. So Dingley Dell is able to supply pork from a single, bespoke production system to provide meat that is totally consistent in its beautiful flavour and excellent quality.
Order of proceedings:
11.00: Arrive at Dingley Dell for (of course) Bacon Butties and Coffee
For those arriving by train the tractor will be waiting at the station from 1030 to take delegates back to the farm. For those arriving by car, details are available upon request
11.30: Show Case & Discussion of conservation work (transport by trailer)
12.00: Tour of Breeding Sow Unit and Outdoor Weaners Finishers
Discussion on arable farming between the livestock pig units and (on the trailer, of course)
13.30: Lunch by the Lake
Butchery Demo by Tom Roberts of Direct Meats. Talk from Henry Warner from Suffolk Meat Traders about carcass balance. Talk from Chris Simons of Broad Oak Sausage Co about bacon, sausage and ham production.
Demo by Andy Annat – 3 times British BBQ Champion and 5 times world finalist (and no, thats not an Olympicism). Informal talk from Tony Goodger of BPEX addressing EU legislative overview.
The meat will be accompanied by salads and puddings by Ross Pike and Madalene Bonvini-Hamel from the British Larder. Brief talk from Ross and Maddy about their journey from contract catering in London to a gastro pub in Suffolk and how their sourcing practices can be easily applied to the world of contract catering and fine dining alike.
With John Rose, an expert forager and owner of botanica.org
16.00: Footprint Forum Close (tractor back to station)