Law Farming covers more than 2,200 ha on the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex borders, based at Thrift Farm, Royston. The land is partly owned or rented with the remainder in contract farming agreements.
The arable crops which are grown are wheat, barley, oats, rye, sugar beet, forage rape, peas/beans, mustard and stubble turnips (over winter catch crop for sheep grazing). They cover 1600 ha. Grassland makes up the remainder of the area grazed by sheep/cattle.
As the farm has grown, we decided to move to block cropping to simplify our storage and field operations. Many of our crops are grown for seed or are processed or milled locally.
Mindful of improving soil fertility, compost, digestate from food waste and sewage cake as well as manure from the livestock is spread at key times of the year.
Next to Thrift Farm lies Therfield Heath, a large tract of species-rich chalk grassland. It is a local nature reserve, an SSSI and a UN World Protected Area. A flock of Dorset ewes is kept specifically to graze the heath.
Since 1997 we have actively embraced Countryside Stewardship Schemes and carefully graze grassland slopes, we restore hedgerows and sow pollinator and farmland bird crops.