Estate manager to speak at Northern Farming Conference

Richard Price will share his experiences of turning round the Lowther Estate in Cumbria

Jim Varney 2013 Lowther Park Farms manager Richard Price
Lowther Park Farms manager Richard Price

The man responsible for turning around the ailing farming operation on a North estate is to speak at next week’s Northern Farming Conference.

Richard Price, who has run the 3,200-acre Lowther estate in Cumbria since 2008, will be talking about how restructuring working practises and simplifying the estate’s business has helped created profit and secured its future.

Named Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year in 2013, Mr Price re-organised the Lowther estates to take better care of the cost of production, market analysis and the need to employ the right staff in the right positions.

Looking forward to the next CAP reform, he has also used technology and communication to strengthen the business and make it robust. He describes his approach to farming as “traditional modern.”

He said: “Farming needs to be looked at as a proper business where research and constant updating technology are required. We have seen an incredible change in our output following the reorganisation of staff and productivity at Lowther Park Farms.”

Mr Price will join a line-up of high profile speakers including environment secretary Liz Truss at Hexham Mart next Wednesday.

The conference is in its fifth year and returns to Hexham after a successful event in 2013. It aims to be a “muddy boots” conference, giving farmers and people working in the agricultural sector information on developments that will shape the future of the industry.

Other speakers lined up for the event include share farming exponent John Henderson, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar Joe Delves, award-winning poultry farmer Richard Tulip and HSBC head of agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

The conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Gibson & Co Solicitors.

Tickets cost £40, or £20 for delegates with a CPH number, and can be ordered online at www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk Alternatively, people can call 01748 907070 to book a ticket.

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