The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) is holding an open meeting for livestock producers as part of the Oxford Real Farming Conference on 3 January at 2pm. The meeting will be held in the Old Library at the University Church in Oxford.
Animals sold under the Pastoral label have only ever eaten
grass and forage crops.
This new organisation started by a group of farmers in 2011 and developed during 2012, is now looking for new members to help supply growing consumer demand for meat from animals that have only ever eaten grass and forage, and have never been fed any grain.
The Oxford meeting will feature some of the founding farmers and organisations involved in the PFLA, and discuss how producers can become approved Pastoral suppliers. The ‘Pasture Tracks’ traceability system, which allows customers to find out quickly where and how an animal was raised, will be demonstrated.
Also at the meeting Nuffield Scholar Gareth Davies will be speaking about his recent study tour including visits to Texas and New Zealand, where he met with livestock producers making the most from grass.
Gareth’s study, ‘The role of quality grazed grass in lowering the cost of production on UK farms,’ fits well with the aims of the PFLA and Gareth is now an active member.
After the meeting, pastoral suppers will be served at two venues during the evening, featuring beef and lamb from two pasture-fed farms in the area.
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