2017
Nuffield International Triennial
Conference and Field Tours
3rd June - 15th June

Family Owned: Family Run

Sun 11th

09.00 - Coaches depart from Park Inn, York
17.00 - Coaches return to Park Inn, York.
Walk or take a taxi to the National Railway Museum.
19.00 - Drinks reception (Great Hall)
20.15 - Gala Dinner (Station Hall) with speaker - Sean Sparling.

Tour Option 1

JSR Farms - Southburn
JSR Farms – Givendale

Tour Option 2

M H Poskitt
H R Fell & Sons + Lindum Turf

Tour Organiser

Stephen Fell NSch
M. 07768 883818
sfell@turf.co.uk
www.turf.co.uk

At the heart of many British farms lie the families behind them who, through generations, have developed and grown the business to help secure its future. Trust, respect and a shared vision of where the business is going are frequently keys to their success. Our visits on June 11th will focus on some exceptional British family run farm and land-based businesses.

M H Poskitt

Over the last 30 years, Guy Poskitt has built up his farming business from 600 tenanted acres to a farming enterprise covering 6,000 acres (owned, rented or contract farmed) in Yorkshire and other parts of the UK. Cropping includes combinable crops, as well as sugar beet, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, pumpkins and swede. The Poskitts have always been carrot growers, but have developed the vegetable business considerably over the last 15 years by working with retailers, food service and wholesalers, as well as developing a successful prepared vegetable division. Nowadays, the business has a turnover of over £30 million and employs more than 200 people. The company has also focused on waste reduction and has recently invested in an anaerobic digester to utilise vegetable waste. Guy has won many awards. He was ‘National Vegetable Grower of the Year’ in 2004 and 2010, and the Farmers Weekly ‘Arable Farmer of the Year’ and overall ‘Farmer of the Year’ in 2012 . (www.poskittcarrots.co.uk)

H R Fell & Sons + Lindum Turf

The Fell’s 988-acre family business, based at Thorganby in the Vale of York, includes a sheep flock of 500 Meatlinc ewes developing top genetics for terminal sires, a flock of 800 commercial ewes for prime lamb production and a specialist turf business, Lindum Turf. The Meatlinc breed and founding flock was established by Honorary Scholar, Henry Fell, in the 1960s and today represents one of five franchised, high genetic UK breeding flocks. Today, his grandson, George, runs the breeding operation, achieving continued genetic progress through EBV and carcase trait recording, including the use of computer tomograph scanning of stock rams. Scholar and former Nuffield UK Chairman, Stephen Fell, is MD of Lindum Turf (a business that directly resulted from his Nuffield). The business has been marketing specialist turf for over 25 years on the stone-free, sandy loam soils at Thorganby. Nowadays, it supports a staff of 18 and produces nine product grades of turf for landscaping, sports and environmental markets, as well as a number of innovative products, including green roof vegetation mats, wildflower turf and WowGrass. A unique product, WowGrass can be laid indoors or outdoors. It’s real grass; it’s fresh, alive and soil-free. (www.meatlinc.co.uk + www.turf.co.uk)

JSR Farms

Established in 1958, the JSR Group of companies has gone from strength to strength. Today it represents one of the largest family-owned farming businesses in the UK. Run by Tim Rymer, the Group has two operational companies: JSR Genetics, a highly successful international pig genetics company, and JSR Farms, a large, integrated farming business with unrivalled sustainable farming credentials. Operating and maintaining land extensively throughout East Yorkshire, JSR farms around 4,100 hectares of arable within a 20 mile radius of the home farm at Southburn on the Yorkshire Wolds. Cropping is based on a six-year rotational model, dominated by high yielding wheat, much of which is sold as feed to the pig production side of the Group. Barley, oilseed rape, pulse crops (particularly vining peas) and field beans complete the combinable crop mix. Other enterprises include seed potato multiplication, a commercial pig herd and a herd of 250 Stabiliser breeding cows. JSR Farms at Givendale is home to the Stabiliser Cattle Company (SCC) and is equipped with facilities for bull testing, semen and embryo collection. The SCC was originally formed by five pioneering beef producers who wanted to develop an improved suckler cow type to replace their less efficient dairy-bred cows. Today it coordinates the work of over 90 multiplier breeders who manage 9,000+ breeding cows to produce some of the best suckler beef genetics available in the UK. In keeping with the management of all JSR farmland, Givendale Farm is noted for its conservation work and has won many environmental prizes. Richard Fuller is the farm’s Technical Director and is also a keen, award winning naturalist. (www.jsr.co.uk)


Gala Dinner - National Railway Museum

Bringing the 2017 Triennial Conference week to a memorable climax, our Gala Dinner will be held in the truly unique and atmospheric setting of the National Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in the world. Step back in time and immerse yourself in a fascinating collection spanning a century of railway history, real stories of rail travel nostalgia and an iconic collection of railway legends, including the Royal Trains, the Mallard and the Evening Star, the last steam locomotive ever built for British Railways. (www.nrm.org.uk)