Saltburn Monitor Farm

Name:
John Aynsley
Location:
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Saltburn Monitor Farm

  • Barns Farm has been a monitor farm since June 2017
  • Total farm area: 566 ha growing a rotation of winter barley, oilseed rape, and wheat
  •  In addition to the arable enterprise John also manages 1,300 breeding ewes and 450 spring-calving suckler cows
  • Soil types: light loam to heavy clay

John Aynsley runs a 1,302 ha mixed farm near Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the north-east of England. Covering 566 ha he grows a rotation of winter barley, oilseed rape, and wheat on light loam to heavy clay. 

Combinable crops are established using a min-till approach and all grain is dried and stored on farm. In addition to the arable enterprise John also manages 1,300 breeding ewes and 450 spring-calving suckler cows.The main challenge which John aims to address on the farm is soil management. John is already a member of the Darlington Benchmarking Group and has been benchmarking since it started. By participating in the Monitor Farm programme, he hopes to prepare his business to be profitable without direct payments.

Read John's blog for the latest on Saltburn Monitor Farm

Saltburn Monitor Farm meetings

For more information, please email Rose Riby, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on rose.riby@ahdb.org.uk

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