Northumberland Estates owns some 100,000 acres (almost 40,500ha) of land, the majority being farmland. Of this around 20,000 acres (8,000ha) is managed in–hand by Percy Farms. This acreage is split between an arable enterprise of 3,500 plus acres, with the remainder predominantly hill land, farmed in a traditional manner by running flocks of black faced ewes and suckler cows. The remainder of the Estate land is in the hands of its 100 plus tenant farmers, many of whom have lived and farmed the same holdings for generations.

Case Study

Percy Farms

The headquarters of Percy Farms, the in-hand arable enterprise at Northumberland Estates, is at  Ratcheugh Farm near Alnwick. Operating with a seven mile radius, farm manager, George Daniel  looks after 3,660 arable acres (1,481 ha) with cropping including winter wheat and barley, oilseed  rape and spring beans. Conservation and farming work hand in hand throughout, with an award  winning grey partridge conservation project covering around 80 per cent of the arable acreage. In  addition much the farmland has been entered into conservation schemes such as Entry Level  Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level (HLS) Stewardship agreements. This, however, does not preclude  the use of new technology within the farming enterprise, which utilises GPS mapping systems to  ensure accuracy when applying sprays and fertilizer, and yield and soil mapping to assist in the  accurate application of lime, phosphate and other additives.

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