Blandford Monitor Farm

Georgie and James Cossins

The Cossins family have been farming at Rawston Farm since 1877. Since then the farm has expanded to 670ha with a further 385ha rented or contract farmed. The five-year arable rotation covering 600ha includes winter wheat, winter and spring barley and oilseed rape. All operations are carried out by farm staff including a combination of minimum tillage and ploughing, with grain stored on farm. The business also has 300 dairy cows and 180 head of beef cattle, the majority of which are sold through their own farm butchery. James Cossins currently runs the family business, working closely with his daughter Georgie.

Upcoming meetings

Visit the AHDB events portal for all Monitor Farm meeting dates and details

For more information, please contact Philip Dolbear, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on or 07964 255 614.

Previous meetings:

  • Summer meeting: 3 July 2019
  • Diversification: 6 March (report, pdf)
  • What can we learn from organic farming: 6 February 2019 (report, PDF)
  • Succession: 11 December 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Machinery review: 7 November 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting: 5 July 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Labour management: 7 March 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Fungicide strategies for the future: 7 February 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Cover crops: 6 December 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Precision farming with Ian Beecher-Jones: 1 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting: 6 July 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Breaking the yield barrier: 5 April 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Reviewing cultivation strategy: 8 February 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Choosing a profitable rotation: 5 December 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Soil physics chemistry and biology: 1 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 4 July 2016 (report, pdf)

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