LAMMA is the UK’s largest agricultural trade show, where over 850 exhibitors will host the most extensive array of farm machinery, equipment, and services to be found in one location anywhere in the UK.
Francesca Beswick might have grown up on a farm but wasn’t necessarily next in line to take the business on. Here she tells us why she quit her job to go back to the family business and has found that being a woman in farming doesn’t actually matter.
Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.
James Gledhill, 25, is an artifi cial insemination technician for Genus as well as working on the family’s Glebe Farm at Hessay, near York. They own 60 hectares (150 acres), rent a further 48ha (120 acres) and run 125 suckler cows.
Sam Ainsworth, 24, is a self-employed general farm worker at mixed 141 ha (350 acre) Salwick Hall Farm with 125 black and while Holstein Friesan cows. He also does frequent tractor driving for two local contractors.
Charles Bruce farms near Banff, Aberdeenshire, and has 98 hectares (242 acres) of owned land, 76ha (188 acres) of malting barley which is contract farmed, and rented seasonal grazings extending to 40ha (99 acres). Running an 80-cow fold of pedigree Highland cattle, these are used to supply an on-farm butchery business and his Bogside Farm Shop. There is a commercial ewe flock of about 230-head and a trout fishery is also run as part of the business.
Christopher Murley farms in partnership with his two brothers and parents at two neighbouring farms on the western tip of Cornwall. Higher Bojewyan Farm has 180 autumn-calving pedigree Jerseys and Levant Farm runs 120 spring-calving cows on the 400-acre mostly-grass enterprise.
This month, Ian Potter discusses the future direction of prices as the much-awaited improvement starts to falter, considers whether this turnabout will be the final blow for many producers, and takes a look at the reluctance of some to sign up to the new Muller contract.
Henry Gent farms 120ha (300 acres) and the same area again on short-term agreements, all grazing, near Exeter. All land is organic and he sells milk from his 300 cows to the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative. Married, with grown up children, he has a team of five people looking after the dairy herd and followers and also runs chickens which go to a local abattoir.
Dominic Bloxham, 25, farms 250 dairy cows on 129 hectares (320 acres) owned land and 24ha (60 acres) rented land on the family dairy farm in Bednall, South Staffordshire. The farm also sells milk to Wells Farm Dairy and grows 4ha (10 acres) of pumpkins every year.
Phil farms 385ha (950 acres) in Cheshire, split between the family farm on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate and Organsdale Farm near Tarporley. He milks 300 cows, mainly pedigree Brown Swiss, as well as diversifying into business units and an equestrian facility. He is also a Nuffield Scholar. Twitter: @PhilLatham