North Hill Farms Ltd

North Hill Farms Ltd was formed in 1972 and has been a tenant of the Wilton Estate since that time. Today the company manages 1,200 Hectares of arable land, including 200 Hectares for a neighboring land owner and 300 Hectares of grassland that supports a beef herd and a local sheep grazier.

The farming company is a progressive commercial business employing a farm manager, farm supervisor and two arable operators. As well as working on direct...

Being progressive and commercial doesn’t mean the company has lost sight of its environmental responsibilities and as such entered into and 10-year stewardship agreement in 2010 with Natural England, the aim being the establishment of new wildlife habitats whilst maintaining those already in place.

At the present time the company operates a simple 3 course crop rotation split equally between oilseed rape, winter wheat and both winter and spring barley. The use of the minimal tillage technique to establish crops has been used since 2000 although the plough, soil inversion, still has a role to play in maintaining healthy soils.

Investment in machinery and crop storage has been considerable in recent years as the business strives to keep pace with technology, meet production targets and compete in a volatile market place. Well known brands such as Claas, John Deere, Amazone and Horsch form the basis of the company’s machinery portfolio all sourced from local dealerships in Wiltshire and Somerset.

Much of the machinery used on farm today benefits from satellite guidance, GPS which leads to greater accuracy of the application of fertilizers and pesticides, increased efficiency and reduced operator fatigue.

Within its tenancy NHF has some 210 Hectares of grassland directly under its control with a further 90 Hectares let on a grazing agreement with a local sheep producer. Much of the grassland can be found in the historic Wilton Park, which forms part of the wider grounds of Wilton house and the valleys of both the Nadder and Wylyle rivers. Since 2009 the herd has been managed by a third party to enable NHF to concentrate on its core arable business.