James Stobart  -  Effective monitoring methods that measure ecological outcomes in grazing systems

Company of Merchants of the Staple of England

I am Jimmy Stobart and I live in the Eden valley in Cumbria.

I work in partnership with my brother Tom on our family farm.  The 780 Ha farm is split into two blocks with 93 Ha ran on a rotational grazing system and the rest being made up of SDA and moorland. The moorland block is in a HLS scheme and is currently running 400 Swaledale ewes. Over the last 6 years we have changed the lowland block from a traditional stratified rearing unit breeding mule gimmer lambs, into grass based system running 400 self replacing ewes and 200 Wagyu cattle. The cattle are reared on contract for Warrendale Wagyu, with the lamb supplying Tesco as part of the cost of production scheme.        

In the last 2 years we have continued to invested in infrastructure with 30 Ha being put into techno grazing systems. This has allowed us to budget feed more accurately, extending the grazing season, increasing liveweight gain and reducing bought in inputs.

Along side the farm, I run a contract shearing business working on farms throughout Cumbria. Shearing has given me the opportunity to travel and work in different countries including New Zealand, Norway, France and Scotland. I have also competed in shearing competitions as part of these travels.

Outside of work, I am very sporty, enjoying squash and football. I am also part of a local shooting syndicate and the owner of an ever increasing collection of classic cars.

I look forward to starting my Nuffield journey and I am extremely grateful to my sponsors AHDB and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England for this exciting opportunity to travel and learn.