BURDEN BROS FARMS

Our farms are managed by Andrew Pendry; Andrew has been farming all his life and has over 25 years experience in the production of arable crops. We have known Andrew for nearly 30 years, Andrew is BASIS, FACTS and BETA qualified. He has worked on some leading farms in his career and in 1998 became our agronomist whilst managing a farm at Romney Marsh. Andrew joined us as Farm Manager in 2005 and has increased our farmed area threefold and now manages over 1250 ha of arable land.

We have expanded our area by Andrew working with 9 different landowners all over Kent, covering a radius of 50 miles, managing every different soil type from pure chalk on the North Downs to near pure flint at 600 foot above sea level and heavy clay on Sheppey. With each landowner requiring individual management levels, yield potential and management is never compromised regardless of the soil type or location. With Andrew’s ambition in the progression of our farms,each agreement with our Landowners is tailored individually to meet their requirements. For example, there are some agreements where Andrew has full control of every operation and management including crop rotation and agronomy on the whole area.

Other times Andrew will work alongside managers discussing their needs, fitting in with their rotational requirement on a yearly basis to three agreements being on a five year F.B.T. With the latest 5 year F.B.T starting in 2011, part of the Abergavenny Estate in Tonbridge, 213ha of arable has been added to our portfolio.

Each year we grow forage maize on neighbouring large farms for our livestock enterprise, with the need to extend rotations and with ever increasing levels of black grass maize has enabled them to help maximize rotation and crop hygiene.

We also work in partnership with Elmley Bird Reserve and the R.S.P.B in managing their agreements with Natural England, creating the correct conservation needed.

With Andrew’s enthusiasm and professionalism for farming, we support his ambition to succeed and grow our farms into the future. Andrew has a dedicated full time team on the farm, within the team, one of Andrew’s staff is undertaking management training to include BASIS training in agronomy, to become an under manager in a short period of time. We have one man dedicated to spraying and one to cultivating, although all are capable of interacting with each other’s roles.