New opportunities for young farmers in Staffordshire

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Five young farmers will be able to take the first step in their careers this year thanks to Staffordshire’s county farms network.

Three farms of between 52 and 91 acres are currently being advertised on 10-year tenancies, with the promise of two more tenancies to be advertised later this year.

All are ideal for first-time farmers and continue the county council farm service’s long tradition of providing the next generation with an entry into the industry.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “Staffordshire County Council has more than 6,600 acres in its county farms estate and our tenant farm programme is one of the strongest in the country.
“These three tenancies, plus another two available soon, are ideal for young farmers to get a foothold in the industry and develops the next generation, while managing a prime Staffordshire asset and making a positive contribution to the economy.”
Staffordshire’s county farms estate stands at more than 6,600 acres and remains one of the largest local authority-owned estates in the country.

Three of the tenancies are becoming available as the current ‘first-time’ tenants are moving to larger county farms, while two others follow retirement.

The three tenancies currently being advertised near Newcastle, Stone and Gnosall are stock farms, each with a three-bedroom detached house and outbuildings.

Mark Winnington added: “The county’s farm estate is one of the biggest of its kind in the country and allows newcomers to the industry to benefit from professional support and management as they gain experience and then step up to something bigger; either within the authority’s estate, or in the wider industry.

“These vacancies will be much sought after and there will be a selection process. Not only do we want people with a passion for the opportunity, but with the commercial awareness to come into our farms and build a career for themselves.”

The County Council has been providing rented farms since 1908, with a focus on stock rearing and dairy provision, and expanded its operation after The Land Settlement Act of 1919 aimed to provide ex-servicemen with opportunities on the land.

Mark Winnington added: “The farm service isn’t just about offering commercially-minded young people a foothold in the industry, tenants make a valuable contribution to Staffordshire’s rural economy, which is why we’re continuing to invest in the estate for the future.”

Any potential tenant wanting to find out more can contact county.farms@staffordshire.gov.uk for details.