Developing new ways of farming
Squab Hall Farm, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB

Working Together

The farm operates a Joint Venture with 2 neighbouring land owners covering 1800 acres within about a 9 mile radius. David Brightman farms at Gaydon and Bishops Itchington, and Winston Warhurst farms at Chesterton. The Joint Venture takes the form of a machinery and labour share, the operations of which are managed by our Farm Manager, Rob. The idea being that we spread the cost of larger more efficient machinery over a larger acreage, whilst still operating the individual farms as separate businesses. Each business owns a proportion of the equipment needed to farm the whole 1800 acres thus reducing machinery costs for each individual. It has meant that three combines have been replaced with two, and seven tractors have been replaced with four! It gives all the members of the Joint Venture access to modern techniques, including Variable Rate Product Application, Yield Mapping, and GPS Steering which can be expensive investments on smaller acreages. Productivity has increased through better timeliness and attention to detail and the overall cost of production has been reduced making for very efficient arable farming.

Current machinery includes..

  • John Deere 8370RT rubber tracked crawler with Auto Steer
  • John Deere 6215R with Auto steer
  • 2 x John Deere 6175R with Auto steer
  • 2x 9m Newholland CX Straw Walker combines (CX8080 and CX880) with Auto Steer and Yield Mapping
  • 4.5 meter Mconnell Discaerator cultivator with Oilseed rape Seeder unit with variable rate sowing
  • 3m Shakaerator subsoiler
  • 7 furrow  Kverneland Plough
  • 6m Vaderstad Carrier cultivator
  • 6m Kuhn Power Harrow
  • 6m Cousins Spring Tine cultivator
  • 6m Horsch Sprinter ST Dril, with Variable Rate sowing
  • 12m Dalbo Ring Rolls
  • 30 meter 4000 litre Horsch Trailed Sprayer
  • 30m Kuhn Axis Variable Rate fertiliser spreader

To have a chat about the pros and cons of Joint Venture Farming or to express interest please contact Rob on 07817329158