Taunton Monitor Farm

Richard Payne

Richard Payne farms 280 ha at Manor Farm, Heathfield, near Taunton. The mostly arable farm has been in min-till for more than 15 years. Farming on silty clay loam, his rotation includes winter wheat, oilseed rape and beans. He grows primarily for the animal feed market, selling forward and into pools to spread risk. Richard’s main challenges are consistent profitability, succession and knowing which investments to make for the future. By the end of the Monitor Farm programme Richard wants to have a better understanding of all his costs of production, particularly on the fixed cost side, and to benchmark himself against others.

Upcoming meetings

  • 7 November 2019
  • 12 December 2019
  • 13 February 2020
  • 12 March 2020
  • 9 July 2020

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

To attend the meetings or for more information, please contact Philip Dolbear, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on philip.dolbear@ahdb.org.uk or 07964 255 614.

Unless otherwise specified, winter meetings take place 10:00 - 14:00 at The Anchor, Hillfarrance, TA1 4AW

Previous meetings:

  • Summer meeting: 9 July 2019
  • Fungicide strategies: 13 March 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Joint ventures: 13 Feruary 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Healthy soils, healthy profits: 12 December 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Machinery review: 13 November 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 3 July 2018 (report, pdf)

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