Vale of Glamorgan Monitor Farm

Richard Anthony
South Wales
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Vale of Glamorgan Monitor Farm

  • Vale of Glamorgan joined the Farm Excellence Programme in 2022
  • 3,000 acres
  • 800 ewes
  • Biomass drying facilities and chipwood supplying

Dan Moore is the arable manager for R&L Anthony Ltd, based across the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend in South Wales. The business has been built up from 110 acres of grassland to the substantial arable and forage business it is today. The arable area has increased gradually through contract farming agreements, farm business tenancies and aquiring more land. Topics of interest for Dan include: reducing environmental impact, utilising cover/catch crops more, integration of livestock as well as understanding environmental schemes and carbon trading.

Vale of Glamorgan Monitor Farm will run from 2022–2025.

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Past meetings and updates

Labour and machinery review – 8 February 2023

During the winter season, a labour and machinery review was conducted at Vale of Glamorgan.

The results were then discussed with Harry Henderson (AHDB Techinal Knowledge Exchange Manager), who compared the findings to other Monitor Farms in the programme.

Alternative cropping – what are the options? – 11 January 2023

This meeting focused on the profitability of break crops with guest speaker Sarah Cook (ADAS) reviewing the options, including rye, triticale and pulses.

Cover crops – worth the investment? – 7 December 2022

David Miller (Strategic Cereal Farm South host) and Nathan Morris (NIAB) both oversee trials involving cover crops, in the meeting they discussed their experiences adding them to arable rotations.

Take a look at the latest results from the Cover crops and water quality trial at Strategic Cereal Farm South. Strategic Cereal Farm East results can be found here

Digging up the dirt on soil health – 9 November 2022

The first winter meeting saw Dan give an update on harvest 2022. Liz Stockdale (NIAB) gave a demonstration of how to use the newly developed AHDB Soil Health Scorecard and talked through the findings of the soil assessments which took place at Dan's farm during the autumn.

Launch meeting – 16 June 2022

Dan welcomed visitors on farm as a monitor farmer for the first time back in June 2022. In the meeting, he outlined the following aims for the three-year programme:

  • Future-proof the farm business in the face of turbulent global affairs, volatile commodity markets and negative public perception
  • Become a business that is both profitable and environmentally responsible
  • Bring Welsh arable farming to a wider audience and highlight the progressiveness of the sector
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