Downpatrick Monitor Farm

Richard Orr, Downpatrick Monitor Farm

Richard Orr farms with his father at Meadow Farm in Downpatrick. He grows winter wheat and spring and winter barley on 75 arable ha and the rotation also includes potatoes, turnips and grass. The soil is a dry, free-draining medium, stony loam with good organic matter. Richard has previously hosted AHDB winter barley variety trials for the Recommended Lists. His aim is to grow the business while becoming more efficient, and to add value by marketing produce more directly to the end user, such as with his potatoes which he sells in the farm shop. During the three years of the Monitor Farm programme Richard hopes to share learning with fellow farmers and challenge his thinking, to ultimately become a better farmer.

Upcoming meetings

  • TBC

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

For more information contact AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager Michelle Nuttall on or 07778 143404. 

Previous meetings

  • Summer meeting: 18 June 2019
  • Maximising crop yield: 2 April 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Soils and cultivaitons: 5 March 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Machinery costs: 19 February 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Soil nutrient management, weed control and rotations: 8 January 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Setting the scene - Benchmarking (soil and Farmbench figures): 27 November 2018
  • Benchmarking: 13 November 2018
  • Launch: 19 June 2018 (report, pdf)

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