We’ve been a LEAF member now for eight years. During this time, we’ve taken advantage of the many services LEAF offers and made significant changes to the farm business, starting with the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review. It’s a really straight forward management tool to review the whole farming business.
We’ve been able to step back and assess what we are getting right and where improvements can be made. Most of the changes we’ve made have helped us save money. Such as:
- Introducing GPS soil mapping to help us target our fertiliser applications, we estimate that this has reduced our fertiliser bill by some 15%
- We’ve installed humidity sensors in the grain store leading to reduced electricity costs
- By carefully monitoring our diesel use and using minimal tillage, our fuel consumption has stayed the same, despite us acquiring new land.