Brian Barker

Brian Barker

AHDB Strategic Farmer

Brian runs his family owned farm (485ha) and contracting business. The farm is situated in the clay lands of Mid Suffolk and is farmed with the long term aim to produce high yielding crops without impacting on farmland biodiversity and historical landscape. A traditional but flexible twelve year rotation has always been used, built around Herbage grass seed production integrating both winter and spring crops to reduce the risk associated with intensive farming. A flexible cultivation system has been created allowing Brian to reduce establishment costs for all crops by 45%. He has always been one to try and experiment with different techniques and ideas, some successful and some not but if you don’t try you won’t learn.  Brian closely monitors all his soil and his crops doing; biomass cuts, plant counts and theoretical yield calculations with the view of farming to potential yield and not trying to buy the yield of hope.