Farming

Over the next thirty years, the agricultural sector is going to see significant change. It will have to balance producing food and mitigating climate change, whilst farming with far more environmental awareness. The sector will have to do this whilst responding to changing weather patterns and increasing regulation and compliance.

The core of the Bradford Estates’ farming business will remain as cereal production, but to do this it will need to change its operational structure. In producing a global commodity, the business competes with other producers across the world who have a lower cost of production and less stringent regulation. Additionally high input farming is not sustainable long term due to the irreparable damage to soil and the wider environment.

To address these issues, Bradford Estates are restructuring our business to one based on regenerative agriculture. It will also aim to provide much wider biodiversity, environmental preservation and enhancement. We believe it will be important to integrate complementary enterprises, such as livestock, into the core business and support the regenerative agricultural system. In order to deliver the change of farming system and manage this side of the business in the future, an in-hand farm team is being established. This new team will then be able to respond to future changes and opportunities as they arise. 

These changes will forge a more active identity for Bradford Estates in the farming sector and enable a more holistic approach to land use with an enhanced focus on conservation. Emerging practices such as carbon monitoring and sequestration will also be explored in anticipation of ELMS. We also intend to use this new capability to deliver environmental enhancement to the benefit of local and regional communities.

Manure spreading
Manure spreading
Young beef cattle at pasture
Young beef cattle at pasture