Real results 50 profile - Andrew Osmond

Name: Andrew Osmond

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Moor Court Farm

Cropping: w wheat (PB seed), OSR, Spring barley (seed, malting, distilling), grass seed.

Farm machinery:

JDT670i combine 25’ premium flow header and stripper header, JD6215R and 6930 tractors, JCB telehandler, KRM Sola drill, KV Geospread fert spreader, and 24 m Berthoud sprayer.

About the farmer:

Andrew has been farming all his life. Farms exist on both sides of his family and a mix of owned, contract farms and contracting. He manages farms in Hampshire and Dorset specialising in growing spring barley for seed and malting, and herbage seed. Livestock enterprises include beef and sheep. Andrew is also a qualified agronomist (BASIS/FACTS) has attended IAGRM LDP in 2014 and sits on the AHDB exports /cereals & oilseeds Boards. He is NIAB TAG Tech Committee Chairman for Wessex and chairman of the Commercial Farmer Group.

About the farm:

The farming operations are based around growing grass varieties for seed, normally a two year ley, but can be undersown in the previous spring crop and the grass growth extended. Grass seed production can be challenging though and contracts can be hard to come by. The grass is followed by w wheat, w barley and spring barley also grown for seed, malting and distilling, following turnips or other catch crops. Most years, 2000 store lambs will graze the leys and the stubble turnips.

Farming philosophy:

Andrew’s main aim is to keep the farm in good shape and pass it on to future generations having expanded and taken opportunities to improve the management and overall structure. He is always looking to operate his business as efficiently as possible and to try to enjoy the challenges of farming when your factory doesn’t have a roof! He strives to do the best for both his family and the farm. His business ethos is KISS, (keep it simple, stupid) and his long term strategy based on “Live for today, farm for tomorrow”  

Hopes for Real Results participation:

As it says; real results and not anecdotal hype from the local pub. Sharing of real-time data will enable the members to measure outcomes and cost benefits. It would also mean more chance of accurate benchmarking of inputs across a range of crops.