Penrith Monitor Farm

James Turner and Henry Scholefield
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds

About Penrith Monitor Farm

  • Brackenburgh Home Farm joined the Monitor Farm network in 2020 and is the first in Cumbria
  • James Turner and trainee farm manager Henry Scholefield manage the 800 ha mixed farming which includes the 300 ha arable enterprise 
  • The farm also has a dairy unit, sheep, hill cattle and pigs
  • Soil types: sandy and loam

James Turner manages the Penrith Monitor Farm alongside trainee farm manager Henry Scholefield. As well as the 300 ha arable enterprise the farm has a dairy unit, sheep, and hill cattle and pigs. The typical arable rotation includes winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, spring beans, oats, stubble turnips and grass leys. James and Henry mainly use a min-till system.

In addition to the arable business, the farm also has a dairy unit, sheep, hill cattle and pigs. The farm employs six full time members of staff who work alongside James and Henry across all enterprises.

During the three-year program James and Henry aim to embrace all new advice and incentives to be more sustainable. They hope to seek rewards from natural capital assets while also developing Henry into a strong successor to manage the business going forward. With this in mind, topics that will be covered by Penrith Monitor Farm over the next three years include soil health, integrated pest management and succession.

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.

You can also take a look at the following video for a quick tour by drone of Penrith Monitor.

Previous meetings

  • Webinar: North West and Northern Ireland Monitor Farm summer meeting: 25 June 2020 (YouTube)
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