Cowdray Home Farm

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Cowdray Farm Manager

Meet Barney

‘Alongside developing Cowdray’s future farming strategy, I oversee the strategic and operational management of Cowdray Home Farm. Home Farm encompasses over 1100 hectares which includes arable and forage crops, as well as 315 dairy cows and Aberdeen Angus beef cattle.’



The dairy herd consists of predominantly autumn calving Holstein cows who are grazed and fed a diet without soya or palm oil. We are one of thirty farms in the country who’s premium, RSPCA assured milk is supplied directly to Marks & Spencer.


3,000 ACRES OF


We grow milling wheat, milling rye, malting barley, oilseed rape, Lucerne grass and maize at Cowdray Home Farm. We are also growing some niche seed crops including buckwheat and stubble turnips.

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Our Dairy x Aberdeen Angus calves are reared through to finishing, grazing our permanent pasture. Their meat is supplied directly to the Farm Shop to sell on the butchery counter.

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Cowdray Home Farm

Farming Policy and Sustainability Plan

Our farming policy is to operate in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner with core objectives.

  • Improving soil structure and health
  • Reducing fuel consumption by way of minimum tillage establishment of arable crops
  • Actively avoiding the use of perceived harmful chemicals
  • Balancing the use of fertilisers and other inputs against their environmental credentials
  • Achieving the highest possible standards of animal welfare
  • Restricting the use of antibiotics to a proven need basis only
  • The maximisation of home grown animal feed crops produced on Cowdray land

We have a strong sustainability plan, ensuring that we farm responsibly. We take great care of our soil health, animal welfare and crop management whilst monitoring cow lameness, cow condition, pesticide usage and antibiotic usage regularly.

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - Mzuri Pro-til4 Strip Till Drill

The project involves the purchase of four metre drill which is capable of establishing crops in a single operation. In so doing the costs of establishment are significantly reduced, many of the micro organisms in the soil are retained and there is much less release of soil carbons.

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Europe investing rural areas.

Contact our Farm office : 01730 812089

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