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March 30, 2020

New site for Agrii’s South West iFarm

Drilling the winter cereal plots at Trerule Farm on 23rd October 2019.

This year Agrii’s South West iFarm has moved from Taunton, Somerset to WH Bond & Sons Ltd. at Trerule Farm, near Saltash in south east Cornwall. We’re not able to hold an iFarm event at the site at the moment, but are looking forward to inviting you to a virtual summer event at Trerule Farm instead.  You can get a first glimpse of our new demonstration plots at the site here. Please get in touch with us here if you’d like to register your interest in attending future events at the site – virtual or otherwise!

For the last four years our South West iFarm site has been at Manor Farm, Heathfield, near Taunton, and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Richard Payne (owner) and Richard Churchill (operative) for their help, energy and patience in making the South West iFarm events so successful.

We’re looking forward to working with the W H Bond family and farm team at Trerule Farm and establishing the iFarm site and events in Cornwall. William Herman Bond started farming as a tenant of Port Eliot Estate, on a 30-acre farm, supplemented by a local milk round. In 1942 the family moved nearby onto a larger 140-acre farm.  William forecast that the rapid improvement in yields at the time would lead to overproduction and told his three sons that ‘they would farm themselves out of business’, encouraging them to become ‘serial diversifiers’.  Heeding this advice, the family started initially with a bed and breakfast business and caravan site.  In 1957 William joined forces with his three sons and W H Bond and Sons was formed.  The diversification continued with the building and opening of the St Mellion Golf and Country Club in 1976 and with the next generation in 1997 into plant hire, agricultural machinery sales, civil engineering and the acquisition of Bake Sawmill.

In 2019 the directors took the decision to retire from plant hire and agricultural machinery sales and held one of the largest machinery auctions ever seen in the South West with over 1,600 items.  Today the company is concentrating on the farming, timber and contracting sides of the business.

The farm in total is around 1500 acres, on medium silty clay loam soils. Current cropping includes 600 acres of winter wheat, 200 acres of winter oats, 100 acres of grain maize, 200 acres of salad potatoes, 135 acres of Calabrese, 40 acres of rotational grassland, 100 acres of permanent grass, 100 acres  of woodland, 25 acres of lakes, several acres of solar panels, and 2 wind turbines.  The farm is managed by William Doidge.

We look forward to seeing you at our future iFarm events at Trerule Farm!

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