AHDB UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development : Lowland Lincolnshire arable and beef unit joins Monitor Farm programme
Lincolnshire farmer Colin Chappell runs Gander Farm near Brigg with his family and is one of AHDB's newest Monitor Farms.
The mixed arable and beef farm has 615 ha combinable crops and 32 ha permanent pasture. Colin's rotation includes wheat, peas and oilseed rape. He recently changed his rotation to include a spring crop to help control black-grass, and, on lighter land, a maize crop destined for a local AD plant.
Colin said: 'I wanted to become a monitor farmer to push my business forward. I don't know where the journey will take me, but I'm looking forward to seeing what we will discover.'
'I'd like other farmers' suggestions as to how I can improve my business. Like other farmers, there are a lot of challenges on the horizon for me, so I want to absorb practical and independent information in order to push the farm in the right direction.'
All are invited to the launch event of the Brigg Monitor Farm which will be held 10.00am on Friday 23 June at Gander Farm, Hibaldstow, Brigg, DN20 9PJ.
Harry Henderson, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: 'The launch will provide an introduction to both the Monitor Farm programme and the farm itself. Those who attend will have the opportunity to analyse Colin's business and identify the key issues that they think need to be addressed during the three-year programme.'
During the event there will be short presentations followed by a farm walk and group discussions.
Colin said: 'If you walk around a different farm you can pick up ideas to try out for yourself. I hope we will all discover new ideas to try on our own farms.'
AHDB Monitor Farms bring together groups of like-minded farmers who wish to improve their businesses by sharing performance information and best practice around a nationwide network of host farms. AHDB organises and facilitates Monitor Farm meetings for farmers, who own and operate the scheme - by farmers, for farmers. Monitor Farms are part of the AHDB Farm Excellence Programme.