Farmer Rob Cotton

Farmer: Rob Cotton

England natural logo Location: Mamhead, Exeter, UK Breed: Black Angus

The Farmer

Rob Cotton's farm is part of a diverse agricultural business based on the Devon Coast, which has been a family-run business since 1991. He is responsible for approximately 1,80 acres of arable cropping, 450 head of cattle and 1,000 sheep.

Rob is committed to farming in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way. He is focused on improving the soils and the wider environment in order to ensure that he passes on a thriving business to future generations.

The Farm

Originally founded by Richard and Patricia Cotton, sons Matt and Rob have now also joined the family business, after both obtaining BSc(Hons) degrees in agriculture from Harper Adams University.

Over 90% of the land managed by Rob & Matt is associated with an Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme. Due to a large proportion of the land designated as having a high level of environmental significance, farming in harmony with their surroundings is a main priority of the business.

Rob employs several of the environmental options from the HLS scheme, including non-inversion tillage over scheduled monuments, buffer strips next to water courses and managing woodland edges.

The farm also spreads approximately 5,000 tonnes of composted green waste material (made up of grass clippings and mulch) each year, helping to raise the organic matter of the sandy Devon soils.

The Cattle

Producing great beef has always been a major focus for Rob & Matt. "We are proud to produce 'well-bred and grass-fed' South Devon beef from our own suckler herd." This beef is sold at local restaurants less than 3 miles from the farm, and now on!