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Young farmer focus: Connor Tindall-Read - 'Soil and staff are all too often overlooked'

Connor Tindall-Read is a 24-year-old tractor driver who has worked on the Holkham Estate, North Norfolk, for the past four years. 

Career

 

My career so far has been fairly varied, both in where I have been and what I have done.

 

I started off helping out on a local small-scale suckler farm back home on Anglesey, North Wales, in my teenage years before going to college to study my diploma.

 

At college I was mostly interested in dairy and beef production but it was not until I took a summer placement on a mixed dairy and arable farm that I realised how interesting arable farming could be.

 

I was quite fortunate to do a few really good work placements through college which helped show me that if you want to learn from the best farmers out there you have to go further afield.

 

Holkham

 

Fast forward to today and I have been working on the Holkham Estate, Norfolk, for four years.

 

I originally started as a grain cart operator in summer 2016 and now run the main cereal drill and one of the farm’s self propelled sprayers.

 

My role here is incredibly varied and the diversity of crops, businesses and environmental initiatives makes it an incredibly rewarding place to work.

 

We have a large arable operation, beef suckler herd, sheep flock, potato enterprise, on-site anaerobic digestion plant as well as a country house, which means there is a large emphasis on tourism at Holkham.

 

Being so diverse means two days are rarely the same.


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Revolution

 

With the results of this year’s harvest looking pretty dull, coupled with the loss of a huge portion of subsidies next year, I hope farming will go through another revolution.

 

The industry is at a crossroad and businesses are going to have to adapt.

 

With Brexit starting to come into effect, we are going to have to compete on a global scale while keeping UK agriculture to the same high standards.

 

Priorities will change from pure yield to other goals, such as environmental gains and long-term sustainability.

 

In my opinion the two things that are the most important but quite often overlooked are soil and staff.

 

Both are critical to a profitable business yet do not seem to be at the top of the priority list for a large number of farms.

 

Crops grown in diminished soils never yield and farms with poorly trained or unmotivated staff will struggle to improve soil health.


It is up to young farmers to throw convention out of the window and keep innovating.

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