SW farm walks develop lively debate

Velcourt South West Farm Walks 2013


Richard Williamson and the local Velcourt management team welcomed over 150 local farmers, landowner and professionals to their annual spring farm walks held over two evenings last week.  The walks were held at Bapton Manor Farms in North Wiltshire and the Drax Estate in Dorset.  As before these two sessions were an open evening with a demonstration of the farming activity and a wider dialogue covering all aspects of farming, management, agronomy and prospects for 2013 and 2014 harvests.


The first evening was at Bapton Manor Farm on the north of the Cranborne Chase in Wiltshire.  Tractors and trailers carried the guests round the farm where Richard and farm manager David Ullyott outlined the many aspects of the farm, the crops and Velcourt’s involvement. South West agronomist Tim Mayhew discussed the difficult year and the implications on decision making and crop management and how Velcourt managers had tackled the challenge.


The second event moved to Dorset where Farm Manager Martin Ford welcomed over 100 guests  on a sunny evening.  He outlined the history of the estate and how the farms are integrated into the wider business that ulimately is a private family home.  Martin talked about the different enterpirses and the mix between the 1600 ha of arable and the expanding 260 cow dairy.  Velcourt Livestock Director Robbie Taylor was on-hand to give an insight into milk marketing and the oportunities facing the livestock businesses in the coming year.



Over the course of both evenings there was an open discussion on grain and milk marketing, the extreme weather, rental values, CAP reform and all the farming and agronomic challenges from 2012 and 2013.  Local professionals and farmers joined in to give their views on farm rents, grain marketing, capital investment and many other subjects. 





Both days ended with a Hog Roast reception featuring local wines and beers and a chance to continue those discussions from the farm tours.


To come along to next year’s farm walks  or to speak to your local Velcourt farm manager about any of the topics mentioned or to vist Velcourt’s operations local to you please contact the South West regional office.