Kit Speakman

Little Braxted Hall Farm, Witham, Essex 

  • Farm size: 275ha
  • Annual rainfall: 610mm
  • Soil type: Loamy clay

Kit Speakman says his business is at a crossroads – due to changes in the farm support system, including the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme. Enterprises include cereals, potatoes and sweetcorn, cricket bat willow, a grass-based beef herd and flock of EasyCare sheep. Already highly diversified, the farm has 21 high-specification offices rented to a range of businesses and more than 5ha of fishing lakes.

Transition goals: 

  • Bridging income gap after stewardship
  • Creating fully integrated farm business
  • Increasing grass and widening rotation
 

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Further enterprises vital to fill BPS gap for Essex farm

Transition farmer Kit Speakman says his business is at a crossroads – due to the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and a Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreement, which expires…

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