In 2016 Yorke Farming Ltd. took over as our farming contractor, following the retirement of James Dockray who had managed the farming since 2005. Cropping continues to be based around conservation and biological farming practices. In short, healthy soils produce healthy and profitable crops. The cropping system is mainly nil-till, currently based around wheat, barley, bean and oil-seed rape production, using fallow and soil fertility building break crops.
Over more than a decade, a programme of fence replacement and sward regeneration within the Entry Level Scheme has seen former dairy pastures transformed into a productive and ultimately sustainable grassland system let to a local grazier.
Recent prizes won by Chilton Farms Ltd. and our arable contractors Dockray Farming and Yorke Farming at the Newbury & District Agricultural Society - Royal County of Berkshire Show:
2007 - Best Farmed Farm: Medium
2008 - Best Farmed Farm Champion
2010 - Best Farmed Farm: Medium
2010 - Silver Challenge Cup: Winter Wheat
2015 - Best Farmed Farm: Medium
2017 - Best Farmed Farm: Large
2017 - 1st in Class Spring Wheat