Ian Watson is a Farm Manager for Farmcare at the important Louth Estate farm in Lincolnshire, he shares his thoughts and his career history.
You’re really quite a Farmcare fixture! Is it 22 years you’ve been at Louth?
Yes, I started farming 30 years ago now, straight out of school at 16. I’ve been managing Louth since 2008, but have been on the farm for 22 years working my way up. I still say that every day’s a school day though as you never stop learning!
Tell us a little about Louth
It’s a busy estate: we operate 7 contract farming agreements and 4 business tenancy agreements for clients far and wide – spanning arable, veg and fruit farming and potato production
What makes Louth Estate so special to you?
It’s a mixture of the people, the land and the fact that every day is different. Louth is quite a wide spread business.
I love the fact that we’re working over a 25 mile radius of Louth, so the landscape is stunning and ranges from 150 metres above sea level to below sea level.
How do you split your time between office work and the great outdoors?
I’d say I spend about 60% of my time outdoors, but running the administrative side of the estate keeps me busy too. As we’re working on so many different businesses, it’s a case of producing seven sets of accounts for year end. Everything has to be weighed in and accounted for accurately.