Friday, December 15, 2017

Lowland arable and beef unit joins Monitor Farm programme

June 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Livestock

Lincolnshire farmer Colin Chappell, who runs Gander Farm near Brigg with his family, is one of AHDB’s newest Monitor Farms.

The mixed arable and beef farm has 615ha combinable crops and 32ha permanent pasture. The rotation – which includes wheat, peas and oilseed rape – was recently to include a spring crop to help control blackgrass. Maize is grown on lighter land for a local anaerobic digester.

AHDB Monitor Farms bring together groups of like-minded farmers who wish to improve their businesses by sharing performance information and best practice around a nationwide network of host farms.

Mr Chappell said: “I wanted to become a monitor farmer to push my business forward. I don’t know where the journey will take me, but I’m looking forward to seeing what we will discover. I’d like other farmers’ suggestions as to how I can improve my business.”

AHDB knowledge exchange manager Harry Henderson said farmers who attend this month’s launch event at the farm will be able to analyse the business and identify the key issues that they think need to be addressed during the three-year programme.

Readers are invited to the launch event of the Brigg Monitor Farm which will be held at 10am on Friday, 23 June at Gander Farm, Hibaldstow, Brigg, DN20 9PJ.

 

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