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Features of Luddesdown Organic Farms
Farms Ltd consists of two
adjoining farms (Court Farm and Brookers Farm) run as a single unit. The
main farm extends to 970 acres situated on the North Downs of Kent. The
soil type is chalky loam overlying clay, mostly Grade I with some Grade
II. The farm has been fully organic to Soil Association standards since
The main farm rotation is:- 3 year Grass/Clover Ley, Lucerne or red clover for seed, Winter Wheat/Vegetables, winter beans, wheat and oats.
Also there is a further area of 50
acres which contains five 10 acre plots which have 5 different 'stockless'
rotations. Trials have been carried out and monitored by Elm Farm Research
Centre to find some successful rotations which will not require any input
from livestock. This has assisted in broadening the scope of organic farming
consists of a 100 cow mainly Simmental X suckler herd calving between mid
February and late April. Lately we have introduced two native British breeds
which are Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn. The heifers calve to an Aberdeen
Angus bull and the cows are run with 2 Beef Shorthorn and 1 Simmental bull.
No worming has taken place on the farm as yet, nor warble fly treatment.
Veterinary attention is on an individual animal basis only and homoeopathy
is used in the majority of cases.
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30 acres of field vegetables, where we plant more than 30 types of vegetables
for our Vegetable Box Delivery Scheme. Our aim
is to increase our range in line with customer requirements.
Machinery of interest includes a Slatted Mouldboard Plough, which gives very good incorporation and mixing of crop residues. A Harrowcomb Weeder for use in cereals and beans. A Bunnings Muckspreader which gives a very even spread up to a distance of 40 feet. A flail mower which we use for mulching of green manures. A brush weeder is used in vegetables. (More photographs)
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