North Wyke › Farm
North Wyke has a fully resourced research farm with a skilled workforce and extensive facilities. The land area extends to 250 ha, the majority of which is poorly drained Culm Measures clays principally of the Hallsworth and Halstow series. Some 40 ha of this land is woodland. A further 7 ha are of free draining redland of the Crediton series, held on a renewable lease. Thus there are opportunities to undertake experiments on contrasting land types. All the culm measure land is sown to long term leys, some of which have a high clover content. In 1988 spaced trees were planted on 5 ha of land for an agroforestry experiment and a further 2 ha have been planted at conventional woodland density.
The adjacent fields are well serviced with facilities for the conduct of detailed or large-scale experiments.
Some 460 Suffolk x ewes are maintained and sheep housing facilities are available. Beef cattle are purchased as required and there is housing for some 350 head. There is a beef herd of approximately 335 head of mixed breeds. 80 Beef suckler herd of Hereford x
The 4 well-trained farm staff have a wide range of abilities. In addition to stock and crop husbandry skills they are well versed in the requirements of accurate application and recording of sprays, fertilisers and animal manures (slurry, farm yard manure and dirty water) on a field and plot scale.
An up to date fleet of tractors and machinery is maintained allowing rapid and reliable establishment and harvesting of crops. There is a large range of modern and efficient farm buildings including a 1000 tonne farm yard manure covered store, farm office and workshop.
North Wyke farm is a member of SAI Global /FABBL Farm Assurance Scheme for beef and lamb.
For further information please contact Mike Brint on 01837 883570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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