Situated in an Area of Outstanding natural beauty, Highclere Estate consists of 5000 acres which is comprised of 2000 acres Arable, 1200 acres Parkland and 1800 acres Woodland and Highclere Stud etc. The land comprises a mixture of chalk, clay and greensand. The estate is run as a mixed farm, growing a variety of crops as well as being home to a flock of 1400 Romney X Lleyn Breeding ewes and a small herd of British Lop pigs.
Farming is one of the oldest professions in existence. As times move forward, we must adapt our farming techniques. Porchester Farms has been taking steps to improve efficiencies. Investing in the latest technological GPS guidance in order to improve yield and productivity.
Over the years we have adapted our crop rotation, introducing more pulses and cover crops to reduce reliance on artificial fertilisers and chemical weed control. We have adopted an integrated pest management plan to farm more ecologically. Incorporating the flock of sheep in our arable rotation has improved soil structure and fertility whilst increasing soil organic matter.
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The Estate grows a variety of crops on a rotational basis over 2000 acres on the home farm. As well as this, 500 acres under a contract farming agreement for a neighbouring farm.
We grow a variety of crops including; Milling wheat, Milling Oats Seed crops, Maize, Malting Barley, Beans, OSR, Linseed, Wild flower seed, Tritcale for conservation mixes, Hay, Haylage, Cover crops and Grass Leys.
We have a modern fleet of agricultural machinery to ensure we are producing high-yielding crops in a cost-effective manner.
Entering the Estate, you might spot our flock of sheep roaming amongst the pasture. We run a closed flock of 1400 breeding ewes (New Zealand Romney X Lleyn).
In addition, our four rare breed British lop sows may be seen wallowing and rooting on the farm.