Richard Stiles, Dave Merrill & Charles Matts
Joint venture spreads costs for arable neighbours
In 2013 Brixworth Farming was interviewed by Midland Farmer magazine who wanted to find out more about our Joint Venture farming business. The following article appeared in the June edition:
Joining forces has paid dividends for five neighbouring farms in Northamptonshire.
Five farm businesses in Northamptonshire are reaping the rewards of joining forces to reduce costs and boost efficiency.
Brixworth Farming Company has its roots in the agricultural recession of the late 1990s, when farming was in the doldrums. Farming as TC Matts & Sons, brothers Charles and John Matts gave their business two years to recover – or they would do something radical to kick it into shape.
“Two years went by and we were eating into our balance sheet,” explains Charles. “Then I went to a conference where one of the presentations was about two neighbouring farms that formed a joint venture to cut costs on the arable side. It was obvious that it was an idea worth looking at.”