Wroxham Home Farms
Trafford Estate Office
About Wroxham Home Farms
We intend to grow only things that we do well, and return a profit on. The arable land would be described as abrasive, course sandy loam. Our crop rotation is based around crisping potatoes, sugar beet, malting barley, wheat and oilseed rape. Potato rotation is at least a “1 in 6”, beet a “1 in 3”. We also grow winter beans, white millet, forage maize, mustard, and dwarf beans. Land is also let out for outdoor pigs, as well as carrots, parsnips and forage maize/biogas maize.
Our healthy contracting arm specialises in combining, sugar beet harvesting, drilling, fertiliser spreading, and haulage (both sugar beet and grain).
The farm is run by manager, Andrew Murdo, and ten members of staff on a full time basis.
Cropping and farm facilities
The predominantly light land on the farm is cropped with winter and spring barley, the qualities of which the estate has become renowned for. Other crops include: crisping potatoes, sugar beet, oil seed rape, both feed and dwarf beans, winter wheat and carrots.
With large important conservation areas in the centre of the Norfolk Broads on the Estate, it will be no surprise that great measures are taken to preserve the woodland, marsh and broad areas which are host to several rare species. The Estate also owns a number of Broads including the 80 acre Wroxham Broad.
The estate has in the region of 32 houses, from 2 bedroom semis to large farmhouses, all maintained to a high standard, and attract ‘sensible’ rental income. Farm staff are encouraged and rewarded to buy their own properties. A partnership has been entered into on our irrigation reservoirs, and a carp lake and match lake have been created to add income to an existing asset, with another lake also rented out to a local fishing group.
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