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Find out all the latest news on what we have been up to here at EW Davies.

The crops are growing

With the drier than normal winter we have been able to get on very well with our spring work load. All of our spring cereal crops were planted by the middle of March with most ...

Sugar beet drilling

With spring arriving, the soils warmed up enough to allow us to plant our sugar beet. This is an exciting time of the year for us as it is effectively the second crop of the ...

Pigs at The Hydes

Through the winter we undertook a new project at The Hydes constructing a new building. The building is purpose built for very high welfare pig rearing, we will be contract ...

Harvest 2018

As with last harvest the dry weather through June ripened the crops prematurely and resulted in a very early harvest. Unlike last year when the weather turned as soon as the ...

Hedgerow planting

100 years ago, the landscape at The Hydes would have looked a little different to the large open fields that we have today. Many of the big fields would have been divided into ...

Lambs reach weight in record time.

Despite the rather harsh conditions that we have experienced at times this winter, the lambs have grown exceptionally well and we have achieved our targeted weight of 42kg in ...

Maintaining the farms hedges

With harvest and autumn drilling all done for the year now, our attentions turn to some of the other jobs that are required to maintain the farm. One of those jobs is to manage the ...

Lambing update

For the first week of November our ewes were giving birth to their lambs at a nice steady pace with about three or four lambing per day. Once we got into the second and third ...

Lambing 2017

On the 31st October we got the lambing shed ready so that we could bring the ewes in the next morning. Once they were all in and settled in we didn't have to wait very long, the ...

Sugar Beet harvest

On Tuesday 10th October the contractors came to lift our 31 ha of sugar beet. They brought two harvesters with them so that they could get the job done quickly to enable us to ...

One month until lambing starts

Just one month left now until these girls are due to start lambing again, why not come along with your family and meet some of the new born lambs. More details on our events page 

Autumn drilling is underway

As harvest 17 becomes a distant memory our attentions have very much turned to getting next years crop in the ground. We started our autumn drilling campaign with our only field of ...

A new year starts with Writtle College

Every autumn we start a program with Agriculture students at Writtle College where we show them some of our farming methods at different stages of the growing season. In the past ...

Harvest 2017

Harvest has been a real stop/start affair this year so far. We have managed to keep chipping away at it in between the rain and we are about 50% of the way through it. The ...

Rams have done their job

Anyone that came to see our farm on Open Farm Sunday would have noticed that our four rams were wearing a harness ready for being put in with our ewes. The rams have been with ...

LEAF Demonstration Farm

On Friday 7th July we were launched as an official LEAF Demonstration Farm. Will Gemmill National Head of Farming for Strutt and Parker preformed the ceremonial tree planting to ...

Open Farm Sunday 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along to our first Open Farm Sunday. Over 600 people came out for the day so we were very pleased with our first turnout. We do hope everyone enjoyed ...

Last Writtle visit of the year

On the 10th of May Writtle College came out for their last visit of the year. Chris Miller from Openfield kindly came to talk to them about grain marketing, he also donated ...

Visit from some Czech farmers

During Alice's visit with us, she also brought a group of Czech farmers from the organisation Spearhead Czech. Their main purpose for the visit was to learn all about the LEAF ...

Good month for the livestock

March has also been a busy month for our livestock. All of our ewe lambs that we shall keep back for breeding have been weaned off of their mothers and put onto some fresh grass. The ...