Arable farming

Rich soils on the estate make it ideal for growing arable crops.

Grosvenor Farms grows 2,070 hectares (5,116 acres) of mixed crops including wheat, barley, oilseed rape, maize and grass.

Combinable crops are used to provide feed and bedding for the dairy herds and for sales into the human and animal food chain. In turn, the slurry produced from our cows are used as organic fertilisers for the arable crops and maize. This complementary process reduces the dependence on artificial products and also helps to maintain the life of the soil.

Our arable farming is done to the best agricultural and environmental practices and crop rotation is managed sympathetically to support the landscape.

Land not suitable for growing crops is sensitively managed as part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme supporting many species of birds and maintaining habitats as well as sites of special scientific interest.

  • 8,000 tonnes of wheat grains grown per annum for human and animal feed.
  • 2,000 tonnes of barley grains grown for animal feed.
  • 2,000 tonnes of oilseeds grown for biofuels, vegetable oil and industrial use.
  • 50,000 tonnes of animal manure spread on the land as a soil conditioner and organic fertiliser, reducing the reliance on artificial fertiliser.
  • Low impact soil management to maintain it's structure and reduce our carbon footprint.
  • High output machines are used to ensure high work rates can be achieved when weather conditions are favourable.
  • Latest high-tech machinery used including GPS monitoring systems to increase precision and reduce waste.

2,000

hectares of mixed crops are grown

Combine Harvester