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Getting stuck in with the Environment & Buildings team by Zanita Markham

Zanita MarkhamI’ve had a busy few weeks in my new role as Environment and Buildings Knowledge Transfer Officer at AHDB. During my first week I attended an intensive farming permitting meeting, hosted by the Environment Agency (EA), where industry leaders discussed what the future of permitting might look like and the needs and challenges the industry may face.

In the same week, I also joined producers in the east at a meeting organised by Andrew Palmer, one of our KE managers, which focused on outdoor site management. Speakers representing organisations such as the EA, Anglian Water and Norfolk Rivers Trust covered best practice land management techniques to reduce run-off and protect water courses.

Supporting the continued work of the team to improve the quality of drinking water on indoor units, I have been working on a guide that details the process of shock water treatment. Subsequently, we plan to produce a variety of resources associated with maintaining a clean water supply.

Since I joined the team I have also been collecting data from farms across England as part of some ongoing ammonia monitoring work. The team has recently published some reports  detailing the findings of this project, which is monitoring ammonia emissions from pig buildings so the EA can update their emission factors. Emissions are now being monitored in a straw-based dry sow building, a fully slatted farrowing building and a fully slatted weaner building.

With my background in countryside management, linking agriculture with environmental protection, I have joined colleagues on some farm visits to meet producers who are seeking support to resolve sensitive environmental issues, or who want guidance on how best to improve their productivity. In the past, the team has mainly focused on technical issues, but with my background I will be able to provide support to broaden the remit and work more closely on sustainability and environment and habitat protection.

An area I’ll be working on over the coming months is the balcony systems research that was started by the team earlier this year. I’ll be compiling a report on the existing studies that have been carried out in the Netherlands.

It’s certainly been a busy few weeks and over the next few months, I’m looking forward to working with a variety of indoor and outdoor producers and developing the network of Strategic Farms.

If you’d like to discuss any of the topics I’ve mentioned, feel free to get in touch with me or any of the Environment and Buildings team. You can also find out a bit more about my role here.

E: Zanita.Markham@ahdb.org.uk

T: 024 7647 8621


By AHDB Pork at 8 Aug 2018, 11:10 AM

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