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Jaime Elizondo

Real Wealth Ranching

Jim (Jaime) Elizondo is an Agronomist Engineer with financial knowledge specializing on beef and dairy cattle.

In 1990 he bought his first irrigated farm and soon learned that it wasn’t going to make money based on what he had learned in college.  

He started studying Andre Voisin’s book “Grass Productivity” but realised that the knowledge in the book had become out dated - and so a lifetime of learning had begun.  

Jim's knowledge and experience are summed up in the Four Pillars of Real Wealth Ranching: Genetics, Grazing, Nutrition and Breeding.

 

This knowledge is now put out to the world to create real wealth from animals, land, microorganisms to aesthetics, harmony, society and genetics as they also impact the land and its biological processes.

 

Jim has taught and consulted in Canada, USA, Hawaii to Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico desert, mountains and tropics, France and Scotland, and now Cumbria!

sarah langford

Farmer, author, former barrister

When barrister and author Sarah Langford left her city life behind she found herself unexpectedly back in the world of farming. It was not how she remembered. Instead, she saw farmers dealing with very different problems to those faced by her grandfather,
considered a hero for having fed a starving nation after war.  Now farmers faced accusations of ecological mismanagement by a hostile urban media whilst battling extreme weather and political upheaval.

 

Yet as Sarah learned how to farm and grew closer to the
land, she discovered a new generation on a path of regenerative change.  In Rooted, Sarah weaves her own story around those who taught her what it means to be a farmer. She shines a light on the human side of modern farming, and shows how land
connects us all, not only in terms of global sustainability but in our relationships with our physical and mental health, our communities and our planet.

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Stuart Johnson

farmer

Stuart Johnson is a mixed farmer managing just over 1000 acres near Hexham with his family, traditionally a high input/high output beef, sheep and arable system, they have spent the last ten years experimented with methods to reduce inputs without overly sacrificing production.

 

From changing to composite breeds, eliminating fungicide and pesticide use, dramatically reducing Nitrogen applications, and getting to grips with compost teas brewed up in an old bulk milk tank.


Although never straight forward, these changes have helped the bottom line and built resilience into the business.

Bruce thompson

dairy farmer & nuffield Scholar

Bruce Thompson is a dairy farmer from County Laois in Northern Ireland. 

 

Coming from a large commercial farm business, Bruce receive a Nuffield Scholarship to investigate dung beetles as a biological control mechanism for animal parasites. 

 

His research and travels have been in the area of beetle husbandry and grazing strategies.  His emphasis is on reducing intervention through diagnosis and management. 

 

His sits on the AHI technical working group and the COWS steering board.  He has run a couple of pilot programmes with farmers in the area of anthelmintics and dung beetles.

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Matt swarbrick

Farmer & ecologist

Matt Swarbrick is a permaculture inspired farmer ay Henbant in North Wales. 

 

An ecologist and film maker by background, he, his family and the Henbant team are on a mission to demonstrate that smaller farms can produce good food, financial profit, build soil and biodiversity, create a community…and enjoy it all at the same time! 

Henbant has an 80 share CSA scheme and produces enough eggs, beef and veg for 80 local families from amongst a diversity of silvopasture systems.  

 

They are now working with the Wildlife Trust to explore the space between ecologically intensive farming and maximum biodiversity enhancement; agri-wilding Henbants watershed.

 

Henbant runs a series of courses and is one of Europe’s leading models of small scale regenerative agroecology.

Michael Blanche

Farmer, agricultural consultant & podcaster

A former Land Agent, Michael found tweed just too itchy and moved to SAC as an Agricultural Consultant where he learned more from his clients than his clients learned from him.

 

One day he told his wife he was going to buy 10 sheep to start a flock, he came back with 50; all purchased on a credit card. Michael is surprisingly still married and the Credit Card company phones every day.


He is a Nuffield Scholar, hosts a vanity project podcast called The Pasture Pod and still - worryingly - does some consultancy.  His main job is mincing about with his 1000 sheep on his tenanted farm in
Perthshire.

 

He also manages 500 ewes next door (he needs to tell you this because he is insecure about his flock size).  He enjoys thinking about grass and talking about grass.

 

He still has 1 wife and 4 children, all of whom think grass is dull.

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Claire Whittle

Claire Whittle

Farm Veterinary Surgeon

Claire is a farm veterinary surgeon offering consultancy to regenerative farming businesses and the Veterinary lead for the Dung Beetles for Farmers team.

 

After completing a postgraduate certificate in conservation
medicine which consolidated her interest in the principles of ecosystem health on farms, she undertook Holistic Management training and was awarded a 2021 Nuffield Scholarship studying the benefits of regenerative agriculture on animal health and welfare which will be completed later this year.


If not vetting, she's usually found poo fiddling,

hedgelaying or minibeast hunting!

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Amy hughes

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager and Podcaster

Amy is a proud Yorkshire lass, farmers daughter and granddaughter.

 

She works for AHDB Beef & Lamb as a Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager and is Co-host of Think Outside The Fence Podcast.

 

Mad about cows and all thing related to British Agriculture, she has a huge interest in mindset and how this creates positive change in the industry.

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andrew & sally Hatton

first generation farmers

Nic Renison and Liz Genever - two of the founders of Carbon Calling - will be talking to Andrew and Sally Hatton.

 

They are first generation farmers in Nidderdale, who have brought back seasonal cheese making back to the area.

 

They are milking Northern Dairy Shorthorn alongside producing beef and some lamb. They are also focussing on regenerating their meadows.

sara grady

co-founder of British pasture leather

Sara Grady is a co-founder of British Pasture Leather, the first supply of leather that is traceable to regenerative farms in the UK.

 

Previously the VP of Programs for agricultural non-profit Glynwood (www.glynwood.org) in New York’s Hudson Valley, Sara directed numerous initiatives to support regional farming and food culture.

 

Now based in the UK, she is developing British Pasture Leather to fulfill its vision of linking leather with exemplary agriculture.  Additionally, she consults with food and farming enterprises to provide strategic planning, research, grant writing, and project management services.  Prior to her work in food and farming, she was a multimedia producer.

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anna de la vega

founder of the The Urban Worm CIC

Anna is the founder of the The Urban Worm CIC, a social enterprise  dedicated to raising awareness of the potential for vermiculture to provide solutions for regenerative organic waste management and agriculture.

 

Since completing her  Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Travel Fellowship (2016) researching worm farming technologies in the USA and Cuba Anna has worked with a broad spectrum of industries from shopping centres to military sites.

andrew green

riverfly specialist

Former advertising and marketing professional, and a keen fly fisherman for fifty years.

 

Started as a Riverfly monitor six years ago on the River Mimram, a chalk stream in Hertfordshire, with the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

  As well as taking entomology courses through the Freshwater Biological Association, he is now a Riverfly monitor on Trout Beck and the River Eden through the Eden Rivers Trust, for whom he also volunteers.  

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