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Farm facts | CLINTON DEVON FARMS, Devon


 

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Clinton Devon Farms partnership, the in-hand farming division of Clinton Devon Estates, based at Colaton Raleigh, near Sidmouth, Devon. About 2,500 acres, now fully organic.


Enterprises include two 250-cow dairy herds averaging 6,500 litres plus a 1,100-ewe sheep flock.


Arable land has been reduced to 285ha (706 acres).


Soils are predominantly sandy loams, prone to water erosion.


Average field size is just 12 acres. The biggest is 20 acres. One field has 14 in-field trees


The farms are run by manager George Perrott, plus a team of eight staff. Mr Perrott was Farmers Weekly/Claas Farm Manager of the Year 2007.


The whole estate includes 40 tenanted farms, 4000ha of forestry, a sawmill, 400 houses and a woodchip biomass store providing fuel for wood-burning heat and power plants in the south-west.