The Welford Estate is in many ways a traditional farming estate. The Estate takes its role within farming and the community very seriously. The Estate’s ethos lies in protecting the land so that future generations can enjoy it. To achieve this the Estate has adopted an integrated farm management plan which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address water quality, water and nutrient efficiency, soil erosion and reduce their reliance on pesticides and purchased fertilisers.
The estate became one of seven new monitor farms to join AHDB’s Farm Excellence programme in summer 2020 to improve business performance and share best practice.
The rotation had been based on wheat, winter barley, and oil seed rape. Spring barley has been introduced into the rotation to control blackgrass. winter beans are being grown for the second time. Spring triticale, cover crops and permanent pasture for grazing complete the current cropping.