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The seminar will consider the role innovation is playing in shaping the industry and how this can be applied to member’s own businesses on various scales. The seminar will discuss the need for considering new options from small changes in business practices or structures, to major new investments or even new business launches.
As well as looking at what the future might hold in terms of farming methods, we will be hearing from CLA members who are already using new technologies that are having a positive effect on the business. This is a practical day with plenty of time for questions and includes a farm walk and demonstrations.
Overbury Enterprises is a family business on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire borders in the Cotswold AONB. Penelope Bossom is the 8th generation of her family to live in the village. On the surface Overbury encapsulates much of what might be the archetypal peaceful country estate, including lambs playing in rolling parkland and Cotswold stone cottages. So it may come as a surprise to discover how much technology underpins the daily activities.
The farm of 1,565 hectares is part of Overbury Enterprises and is a LEAF Demonstration Farm, accredited with LEAF Marque status. Nuffield scholar Jake Freestone is the Farm Manager. From soil mapping & precision farming to drone imagery analytics and their own full fibre network, the team at Overbury have been early adopters of technology.
They also use sustainable agriculture with zero-tillage and are part of UK’s Agri-EPI Centre project (Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation). Penelope believes that next generation agriculture will need well-designed connectivity to get real time data from machinery & sensors as well as reliable voice services. Overbury aims to respect traditional values whilst underpinning long-term sustainability with new technology.