Could you host Northern Ireland's first arable Monitor Farm?
AHDB is looking for a farmer to host its first arable-focused Monitor Farm project in Northern Ireland.
We’re really pleased to announce the start of our search for the first Monitor Farm in Northern Ireland. As we build on the success of the programme by extending its coverage at this crucial time, we are keen to reach out to growers across all parts of the UK.
AHDB Monitor Farms bring together groups of farmers who want to improve their businesses by sharing performance information and best practice around a nationwide network of more than 30 host farms.
Monitor Farms are part of AHDB’s wider Farm Excellence Platform, which works with the industry to improve performance through knowledge exchange and benchmarking.
Watch this video on some of the benefits of the Monitor Farm programme
Each Monitor Farm project is hosted by a farm that is representative of other farms in the area.
AHDB organises and facilitates Monitor Farm meetings for farmers, who own and operate the scheme – by farmers, for farmers.
AHDB is looking for a farmer who wants to:

Boost technical performance, profit and long-term sustainability

Manage costs of production and benchmark against similar businesses

Share knowledge and influence best practice within their local area

Forge relationships with the wider industry
Open-minded farmers looking to further their business are particularly well-suited to being a monitor farmer. The more the host and the rest of the group are willing to put into the project, the more everybody benefits.
The Monitor Farm and visiting farmers will also be able to learn from independent, non-commercial experts discussing subjects that are of local relevance and which have been identified as priorities by the farmer group.
Interviews will be held in January and February 2018, with the successful farm being announced in March 2018.
Each Monitor Farm project runs for three years, with between four and six meetings held a year.
Farmers interested in hosting the Monitor Farm should contact me, Judith Stafford on judith.stafford@ahdb.org.uk or 07891 556623 by 31 December 2017.
Judith Stafford
Knowledge Exchange Manager
judith.stafford@ahdb.org.uk