Hereford Monitor Farm
About Hereford Monitor Farm
- The current Hereford Monitor Farm joined the Farm Excellence network in 2020
- Hereford Monitor Farm was first established in 2014
- Consists of four separate farms in north Herefordshire
- Total farm area: 851 ha consisting of combinable crops alongside beef, sheep, soft fruit and contracting
Having been involved in the Hereford Monitor Farm group since its inception in 2014, Adam Lewis, Jack Hopkins, Martin Carr and Rob Beaumont have joined forces to run the new Hereford Monitor Farm together. Consisting of around 851 ha of land, the four farms represent Herefordshire's diverse farming landscape with the farms having a mix of combinable crops alongside beef, sheep, soft fruit and contracting. The soil types across the four farms range from heavy clays to light sand loams with a variety of cultivation systems within the group, including min-till, strip-till and ploughing.
During the course of the three-year Monitor Farm programme Adam, Jack, Martin and Rob are looking draw on the diverse nature of their farms to develop their businesses through learning from each other. They also hope to increase the resilience of their businesses for the future against the technical, economic and legislative uncertainties which farmers are facing.
Adam, Jack, Martin and Rob therefore feel that the expected challenges of the next three years provide the perfect opportunity to host Hereford Monitor Farm role together. They believe that opening their doors and having their business and management decisions scrutinised is a great opportunity to strengthen their farms for the future.+
16 February 2022, 1:00 PM - 16 February 2022, 4:00 PM
Conventional arable farming is changing. Could we be thinking more ‘outside the box’?
3 March 2022, 1:00 PM - 3 March 2022, 4:00 PM
Join us to hear the science behind the conversation in these important areas of soils with Prof. Karl Ritz, University of Nottingham and Liz Stockdale, NIAB who will offer scientific views alongside a practical approach.