Downpatrick Monitor Farm

Richard Orr
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds

About Downpatrick Monitor Farm

  • Cereals, oilseeds and potatoes
  • Monitor Farm since June 2018
  • Also has a farm shop and café

Richard Orr farms with his father at Meadow Farm in Downpatrick. He grows winter wheat and spring and winter barley on 75 arable ha and the rotation also includes potatoes, turnips and grass. The soil is a dry, free-draining medium, stony loam with good organic matter. Richard has previously hosted AHDB winter barley variety trials for the Recommended Lists. His aim is to grow the business while becoming more efficient, and to add value by marketing produce more directly to the end user, such as with his potatoes which he sells in the farm shop. During the three years of the Monitor Farm programme Richard hopes to share learning with fellow farmers and challenge his thinking, to ultimately become a better farmer.

For more information, or if you would like to be included on the email invite list for future events contact Michelle Nuttall (AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager North West & Northern Ireland) on or 07778 143404.

Previous meetings

  • Webinar: North West and Northern Ireland Monitor Farm summer meeting: 25 June 2020 (YouTube)
  • Technology and data agenda: 11 February 2020 (report, pdf)
  • Soils manures and ferilisers: 21 January 2020 (report, pdf)
  • Cover crops: 9 December 2019 (report, pdf)
  • IPM and what we can learn from organic farming: 12 November 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Downpatrick Monitor Farm Summer Farm Walk: 18 June 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Maximising yield and YEN: 2 April 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Soil health - structure and cultivations: 5 March 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Machinery costs and precision farming: 19 February 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Soil nutrient management, weed control and rotations: 9 January 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking: 13 November 2018
  • Launch meeting: 19 June 2018 (report, pdf)

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