Haddo Estate Farm employs four people: the manager; two tractormen and a stockman. Additional work on the farm is carried out as necessary by other members of the Estate staff or by part-time employees.
The Farm comprises of 680 hectares (1680 acres) of farmland. There is a further 636ha (1572 acres) of let farmland, with 10 farming tenants maintaining holdings of up to 235ha (580 acres). The following table details the area of farmland dedicated to each of the land uses put into practice on the Estate in a typical farming cycle:
|Other (inc. grazing pasture, set-aside and silage)||357|
Soil type– the Farm is mainly graded 3.2 according to the Soil Survey of Scotland, and is extremely stony.
Crop range – a range of crops (see table) is used to allow rotation and to spread the workload of sowing and harvesting.
Crop rotation – annual rotation is maintained on the Estate’s outlying fields in the following order: winter barley – oilseed rape – winter wheat – spring barley – winter barley etc. This is to ensure that the white crops (cereals) are given a break by the oilseed rape (a brassica), and to avoid clubrootappearing in the rape. Fields in the centre of the Estate are left fallow through the winter to make way for the shooting season and to guard against pigeon damage, primarily for oilseed rape close to woodland.
Suppliers– the Farm deals with the following four main grain merchants from the North East:Frontier; Grainco; Scotgrain and Openfield. Oilseed rape is bought and sold through the farmers cooperative United Oilseeds.
Ploughing – all the land is still ploughed post-harvest.
Sowing – the fields are sown with an Amazone one pass power harrow drill combination.