JSR Arable

Our mission – the sustained profitable growth and development of the business, through continually providing our customers with outstanding products and services, consistent with the best agricultural and environmental practices.

Operating and managing land extensively throughout East Yorkshire, JSR farms around 4,100hectares (10,100 acres) of arable crop production within a 20 mile radius of the home farm at Southburn, near Driffield on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Crop production is based on a 6 year rotational model, dominated by high yielding wheat, much of which is sold as feed to the pig production side of the Group. Barley and oilseed rape complete the combinable crops. JSR is well known and respected for its area of seed potato multiplication on the Yorkshire Wolds.  Pulse crops particularly vining peas but also field beans complete the break crops.

Although food production is the backbone of the arable business, non-food crops including willow is grown as a dedicated energy crop producing woodchip.

JSR is at the forefront of demonstrating sustainable agriculture, particularly the synergy between the arable and livestock sectors. The farms provide straw for bedding and wheat & barley as feed to the pig production business, whilst recycling the straw based manure and slurries to the land as valuable organic fertilisers. Particular emphasis is put on the application of separated slurry as a liquid fertiliser to growing crops in the Spring, when maximum demand for nutrient is required.

This approach also minimises the purchase of costly manufactured fertilisers. The use of Precision Farming techniques and variable rate technology has assisted the integrated nutrient management approach. Leading edge technology improves our efficiency and the quality and yield of our crops through both agricultural science and the latest proven equipment.

BASIS and FACTS qualified staff ensure pesticides and fertilisers are only used where necessary as part of an IFM approach within a carefully monitored programme. All field operations and inputs are meticulously recorded on Farmade to ensure traceability throughout the farming system.


The Beef Improvement Group is leading the development of a national composite breeding programme that offers a range of cost saving advantages whilst maintaining the economic production of high eating quality beef.

The breeding programme is based on the Leachman Stabiliser. This is a four-breed composite made up of half British breeds and half Continental breeds and it offers some of the most cost effective suckler cow economics available.

Important features of the breed are low maintenance costs, high fertility, low birth weight, docile temperament, robust structure, consistent uniformity and it performs very efficiently on grazed forage.

All these characteristics will play a major role in controlling costs as the beef industry faces the challenge of maintaining profitability without coupled subsidies.

The Stabiliser herd of 250 cows at JSR Farms Givendale is being developed as the leading demonstration unit. The farm also has a central bull testing facility for 50 bulls and it is BIG's semen and licensed embryo collection centre.

For more information go to: www.bigbeef.co.uk