Taunton Monitor Farm

Richard Payne
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Taunton Monitor Farm

  • Monitor Farm since July 2018
  • Total farm area: 267ha (1st and 2nd wheats, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, potatoes, winter beans, spring beans, game cover and woodland)
  • Farm buildings: 1500t store, 900t store, farm workshop, light industrial units
  • Soil type: silty clay loam

Richard Payne farms 280 ha at Manor Farm, Heathfield, near Taunton. The mostly arable farm has been in min-till for more than 15 years. Farming on silty clay loam, his rotation includes winter wheat, oilseed rape and beans. He grows primarily for the animal feed market, selling forward and into pools to spread risk. Richard’s main challenges are consistent profitability, succession and knowing which investments to make for the future. By the end of the Monitor Farm programme Richard wants to have a better understanding of all his costs of production, particularly on the fixed cost side, and to benchmark himself against others.

To attend the meetings or for more information, please contact Philip Dolbear, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on philip.dolbear@ahdb.org.uk or 07964 255 614.

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Upcoming Meetings

17 February 2022, 10:00 AM - 17 February 2022, 1:30 PM

Join Richard Payne at Taunton Monitor Farm to discuss and compare with John Pawsey, their farming systems.