Where there’s muck there’s brass
From one man and his hedge cutter, to a portable toilet and marquee hiring empire employing up to 80 people in the peak summer months across their three companies, South East Farmer visited Four Jays Group to find out how the family-run business has evolved since 1958.
Lambing a giant sheep flock outside
With no large overheads except for staff and travel, Gordon Wyeth has found a low cost and efficient way to look after thousands of sheep from his home base at Maple Farm, near Ropley in Hampshire.
Moving forwards from building delays caused by the Beast from the East, good progress is now being made on a new 70 meters by 30 meters building for AC Goatham and Son which will provide cold storage for 10,000 bins of apples and pears at Howt Green Farm, Bobbing, Kent.
Everything to grain
South East Farmer reports on T Denne and Sons, the region’s independent seed supplier, grain processor and marketing firm it is investing in new machinery, more storage and preparing to welcome the fifth generation to the family-run business.
Reaping the rewards
Whether you are looking for a pool or a tracker, growers need to consider the needs of the business first and foremost.
Ale in a day’s work
Aside from providing another stream of revenue, diversification projects can be a great way to shorten the link between the farm and end product, providing consumers with a story of provenance and helping to educate the public about the importance of agriculture. South East Farmer travelled to Litlington, East Sussex to discover how Long Man Brewery is brewing up a difference on an 3000 acre mixed farm.
People are willing to pay more for milk
Right on the border between Hampshire and Surrey, the Blackburne and Haynes partnership produces ice cream, raw milk, cream and conventional milk at Meadow Cottage Farm from their herd of pedigree Jersey cows.