They also run a well-established farm shop, called Broadditch and serve the locals with produce as well as organising many local events for their community.
On the arable land, they target their drilling of oilseed rape by 8th August, winter barley from 22nd September and finishing the winter wheat by 10th October. Last year, they had a catastrophic failure of their drill and had to borrow their neighbours single-disc Pottinger, just to get finished.
“We’d been using a Suffolk coulter drill previously,” said John Harris, “and was considering moving onto a disc-drill, when all of a sudden our drill just fell apart. It wasn’t very old and we were very disappointed with it. Having borrowed our neighbours drill to get finished, we then contacted Chris Cormac Walshe at Burden Bros Agri, to discuss finding a ‘strong’ and reliable drill that would suit our conditions and crop mix.”
Having already tried their neighbours Pottinger, they were impressed with it but were looking for a double-disc drill. As Burden Bros Agri is the regional dealer for Pottinger, Chris took John to see a customer with a Pottinger 3002 ADD, with Aerosem drilling technology. It had the twin-disc technology they were looking for and had produced exceptional results.