Lord&Hunt - Professional Farmers and Agricultural Contractors

Lord&Hunt — Professional Farmers and Agricultural Contractors.

Farming with Lord & HuntPresently farming approximately 1500 acres of owned, tenanted and contracted Essex farmland, our farming business is focused on achieving optimal output whilst maintaining the long term sustainability of the land we farm.

Based near Clacton-on-Sea on the Tendring Peninsula, our family business is operated by four family members: Cousins Roger Lord and Tim Hunt, and their sons David Lord and Guy Hunt; our only employed labour being the annual harvest student.

Historically a mixed arable, dairy and beef farm until 1999, due to diminishing returns the family took the big decision to quit the dairy and beef sector and concentrate on the arable side although presently we still let out winter housing at Earls Hall to a local beef producer, as well as winter housing and summer grazing to a local dairy farmer on a rented farm.

With volatility set to be the norm for farm gate prices, and with continued political uncertainty over European agricultural policy, we have been keen to examine and undertake as many suitable diversifications on our farm to give a broader income base to support our core business as arable farmers and contractors. Having this in place has enabled us to concentrate on building up a professional, modern and efficient farming system capable of handling all soil types and associated combinable cropping; with spare capacity for extra acreage should an opportunity present itself.

What We Do

As purveyors of modern and sustainable farming methods coupled with traditional farming values, common sense and flexibility, we are able to offer anything from a single arable operation to whole farm contracting, contract farming agreements, share farming and farm business tenancy agreements. Find out more.

What We Grow

Wheat

Presently we grow 2 main varieties, JB Diego for feed, and Gallant for milling with relevant premiums consistently achieved. First wheat’s are sown from the 20th September, with seedbeds normally achieved with one pass of the Discordon followed by a pass with the toptilth where necessary. Find out more.

Barley

We have been growing Cassata for several years, with malting premiums consistently achieved despite being grown on the lighter land we farm. Seed beds on the lighter land are kept simple: plough and press, a spray with round up then straight in with the Horsch Pronto drill. Find out more.

Oilseed Rape

We presently use 3 main varieties, picked to suit specific requirements. DK Cabernet is grown on the majority of our area, but the hybrid PR46W21 is grown to utilise its vigour on areas known to be pigeon or rabbit prone, and the hybrid Clearfield variety DK Imiron is grown on fields... Find out more.

Potatoes

In 1999, together with George Wright Farms, we formed WLH Farms, a separate partnership company which specialises in land suitable for root crops. Lord and Hunt undertake all the combinable crops and any environmental stewardship, and George Wright Farms undertake all root crop work. Find out more.

Pulses

We have long experience growing premium crops of winter beans on heavy land, and spring peas (yellow and large blue) on medium to light land, and have cultivation techniques tailored to provide optimum seedbeds – a must when there is so much pressure on a limited range... Find out more.

Spring Crops

Peas (see pulses), Linseed, spring barley, spring wheat, canary seed and millet are all crops we have had successful experiences growing, giving us many options for many different soil types when deciding on spring cropping. Find out more.