Arable & beef
ARABLE and BEEF, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: Steven operates a family run 500 head suckler beef herd (calves reared on their mothers). The cattle are all pedigree Limousins (a French breed), making it the largest Limousin herd in the country. The calves are either kept for breeding or are fattened (grown for meat) on farm. The business has recently branched out and started a small Aberdeen Angus herd as well.
The farm is about 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of grass and combinable crops, managed to regenerate soils. Steve uses no-till practices (meaning the soil is not tilled or ploughed to plant new crops) and integrated pest management (a more environmentally friendly approach to pest control) as well as cover cropping (never leaving the soil bare) wherever possible. The aim is to farm with nature rather than against it.
Steve comes from a long line of farmers and could not think of anything else he would rather be doing. He enjoys working with nature and figuring out how to manage the natural systems to produce sustainable food.
He has a degree in farm business management from the University of Reading, enjoys travelling the world and has recently started writing in Direct Driller magazine.
Regenerative agriculture is the hot topic for Steve. He believes that the subject needs more media coverage as it can be of huge benefit to the environment, as well as helping to meet the targets associated with carbon capture and climate change. It also offers the opportunity to build healthy, resilient soils that with help the planet and, he hopes, get the public behind British agriculture.
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Biodiversity, Agriculture, Soil and Environment (BASE) UK
Writes for Direct Driller magazine and has been included in several Farmers Weekly articles.