Responsible farming

We use our farming expertise to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit.

We have reduced antibiotic use on our herds by 60%:

By creating new and innovative farming facilities, applying sound animal husbandry and sophisticated technologies such as a sensory platform for gait analysis, we are able to detect and treat conditions such as lameness and mastitis before the signs of illness become visible. As such, mastitis cases on our farms have fallen from 35% to 6% (far below the industry average of 55%) and metritis from 9% to 2%. This has resulted in a 60% reduction in antibiotic use – over three times DEFRA’s 19% target reductions by 2018.

12% of our land is managed to support biodiversity:

We choose to manage approximately 12% of our land to support greater biodiversity and improve natural habitats by planting and maintaining trees, hedges, grassy field margins, wild bird mixtures and game strips. Establishing grassy field margins along the River Dee reinforces the banks, helping to prevent erosion and slurries or fertilisers from running in to the river, causing nutrient enrichment.
Part of our land is sensitively managed as part of the Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme supporting some of the UK’s rarest species of birds and maintaining habitats as well as sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The water meadows alongside the River Dee and its tributaries form some of the best low-lying wetlands in the country.

We have reduced the use of artificial fertiliser by 40%:

Our arable activity provides feed and bedding for the animals whilst all of our composted manure and slurry provides valuable nutrients that are recycled to the land as organic fertilisers. This approach also minimises the need for artificial fertilisers and maintains the long-term fertility and organic matter of the soil. Minimum tillage techniques have been practiced for the last 25 years.

Our dairy farm is energy self-sufficient:

It is our aim to have one of the lowest carbon footprints of any farm. To do so we place great emphasis on the resource efficiency or each aspect of our production and also renewable energy. On our dairy farm, a 0.30mw solar pv scheme generates more electricity than we can use, the surplus being returned to the national grid.

We use water efficiently:

Water is provided through an on farm environmentally friendly bore hole and is recycled many times through the production process.

We help educate school children about farming and the countryside:

We strongly support efforts to improve understanding of farming in the UK. At Grosvenor Farms we regularly welcome the agricultural press, farming groups, members of our local community, universities, agricultural colleges and school children to visit our farming facilities and to better understand our innovative approaches. Every year, we host visits from the Country Trust – a national educational charity dedicated to bringing alive the workings of the countryside for school children least able to access it.