A sheep and arable farm in western Norfolk was chosen from hundreds of applicants to join a national network of ‘agricultural excellence’.
David Cross, of Glovers Farm in Sedgeford, has become one of the new Monitor Farmers in the knowledge sharing network managed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Mr. Cross operates farms in partnership with his father John as tenants of Sedgeford Hall Estate.
A closed herd of 900 ewes is managed alongside a growing company with crops including barley, wheat, potatoes and sugar beet.
Of the 360 ââhectares of rented land, 80 hectares of temporary meadows are an integral part of the arable rotation, while around 30 hectares are sublet to an outdoor pig farm.
Mr Cross said: âI want to develop a resilient farming operation that is not dependent on subsidies and allows me to sustainably integrate my sheep into the arable businesses on the farm while promoting the environment in an ethical manner.
âBecoming an AHDB Farmer Monitor gives me and other farmers the chance to learn and discuss how we might achieve these goals and ensure that our agricultural businesses remain compliant and robust for them. years to come. “
Mr Cross will join the Monitor Farm network with three other beef and lamb farms in Herefordshire, Devon and Northumberland.
Leah Shanks, Knowledge Exchange Manager at AHDB, said: âWe look forward to welcoming attendees to David’s launch event on September 15th at Glovers Farm.
âAll of our Monitor farms will focus on the key areas of a functioning agricultural business, including environmental issues, animal husbandry, health, grassland management and financial performance.
âTogether with David, we are particularly excited to explore the opportunities presented by ranching in arable rotations. “
Monitor Farm’s first meeting gives other farmers and industry representatives the opportunity to learn more about farm operations, discuss key priorities, and join a new discussion group of ‘farmers.
It will include a walk on the farm and a discussion on topics such as husbandry practices, sheep and pigs in arable rotations, grassland and arable land management strategies, and the integration of environmental programs.