Andrew Moss

Park Corner Farm

Park Corner Farms, Gloucestershire

Sponsored by: AB Agri

Andrew first took on the running of the tenant farm when the previous farm manager tragically died and, despite the challenges, he has coped admirably under significant pressure.

Supporting the family, he worked closely with son Sam and helped with key farming decisions and took on additional responsibility as and when the family needed without question.

As the sole employee on the tenanted unit, key responsibilities on the 385-hectare (950- acre) organic mixed farm, include managing the 50-head grass-based suckler herd which he has changed to a spring and autumn calving system.

The move has improved efficiencies within the livestock and reduced the need to buy-in store cattle. Regular fertility checks alongside the vet have also tightened up calving and helped identify problem cows.

Changes

Andrew, who has worked with the Hoskin family for 12 years, supported the family, selects fat cattle for Dovecote Park and maintains and updates all the farm administration work, ensuring too they meet their Higher Level Stewardship requirements as an organic unit.

Leading all the arable field operations at around 460 acres, he manages the harvest and cropping regimes of winter wheat and spring barley, adopting a min-till system and introducing red clover leys into the crop rotation, which he says is working well.

Andrew and his wife also run 220 ewes and 40 ewe lambs, selling most privately through local farmers’ markets and, while he hopes to continue the tenancy at Park Corner Farm, he hopes he can find the opportunity to farm in his own right one day in the future

Andrew Moss

Park Corner Farm

Park Corner Farms, Gloucestershire

Sponsored by: AB Agri

Andrew first took on the running of the tenant farm when the previous farm manager tragically died and, despite the challenges, he has coped admirably under significant pressure.

Supporting the family, he worked closely with son Sam and helped with key farming decisions and took on additional responsibility as and when the family needed without question.

As the sole employee on the tenanted unit, key responsibilities on the 385-hectare (950- acre) organic mixed farm, include managing the 50-head grass-based suckler herd which he has changed to a spring and autumn calving system.

The move has improved efficiencies within the livestock and reduced the need to buy-in store cattle. Regular fertility checks alongside the vet have also tightened up calving and helped identify problem cows.

Changes

Andrew, who has worked with the Hoskin family for 12 years, supported the family, selects fat cattle for Dovecote Park and maintains and updates all the farm administration work, ensuring too they meet their Higher Level Stewardship requirements as an organic unit.

Leading all the arable field operations at around 460 acres, he manages the harvest and cropping regimes of winter wheat and spring barley, adopting a min-till system and introducing red clover leys into the crop rotation, which he says is working well.

Andrew and his wife also run 220 ewes and 40 ewe lambs, selling most privately through local farmers’ markets and, while he hopes to continue the tenancy at Park Corner Farm, he hopes he can find the opportunity to farm in his own right one day in the future