Organic Farming - The Woodhorn Group
Our organic farming activities extend to 1500 acres on the Chichester Plain and the South Downs.
At the centre is our 250 strong organic dairy herd producing organic milk for The Organic Milk Cooperative (OMSCO) who, amongst others, supply Yeo Valley organic yoghurts and desserts as well as fresh organic milk to Sainsbury’s.
The remainder of the farm produces a range of organic arable crops including wheat, beans, peas, oats, spring barley and maize. Much of this is grown to maximise the amount of home grown feed for our cows, but we also sell feed and seed to other organic farms. The wheat produced also goes to make organic bread.
Organic farming is a way of farming that protects and encourages wildlife whilst looking after the health of the soil. Instead of relying on chemicals, we strive to work with nature to feed the soil and control pests. We use crop rotations and clover to also help build fertility in the soil.
There are plenty of benefits of organic farming, though most people think of the absence of pesticide and/or antibiotic residues first. For us it is also about the environment as a whole and by not using pesticides we have seen a transformation of the flora and fauna on the farm.