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Claydons Customers

Hundreds of customers span the UK and over 30 countries worldwide. Here is a snapshot of some UK and Ireland farmers who use the CLAYDON SYSTEM on their farms.

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Michael Johnston

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Michael Johnston

Aberdeenshire

50ha

Barley, Kale, Forage, OSR

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Michael Johnston

Will Gilman

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Will Gilman

Lincolnshire

370ha

Wheat, Barley, OSR, Stubble Turnips

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Will Gilman

Toby Saunders

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Toby Saunders

Northamptonshire

810Ha

50:50 split OSR:Wheat

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Toby Saunders

Martin Whyberd

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Martin Whyberd

Norfolk

186ha

Wheat, OSR, Beans

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Martin Whyberd

Stuart Scarff

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Stuart Scarff

Suffolk

364ha

Wheat, OSR, Peas, Beans, Barley

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Stuart Scarff

Richard Self

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Richard Self

Suffolk

263ha

Wheat, OSR, Linseed, Sugarbeet

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Richard Self

Daniel Brown

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Daniel Brown

Suffolk

133ha

Wheat, Linseed, Potatoes, Sugarbeet

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Daniel Brown

Andrew Hutton

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Andrew Hutton

Suffolk

720ha

Wheat, Herbs

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Andrew Hutton

James Lee

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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James Lee

Crediton, Devon

Circa 170ha

OSR, wheat, oats, barley, linseed, kale

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James Lee

Andrew Day

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Andrew Day

Hampshire

530ha

Wheat, barley, beans

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Andrew Day

Richard Taylor

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Richard Taylor

Hertfordshire

480ha

Barley, oats, beans

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Richard Taylor

Thomas McGuinness

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Thomas McGuinness

Ballywaltha

728ha

Wheat, Barley, OSR

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Thomas McGuinness

Madeleine Palmer

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Madeleine Palmer

Hertfordshire

140ha

Wheat, OSR

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Madeleine Palmer

Steve Hoyland

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Steve Hoyland

Nottinghamshire

101ha

Wheat, Oats, Beans

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Steve Hoyland

Tom Ireland

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Tom Ireland

Lincolnshire

400ha

Wheat, OSR, Beans, Peas

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Jamie Osborne

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Jamie Osborne

Bedfordshire

25 acres for game cover

Game cover

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Jamie Osborne

Rick Davies

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Rick Davies

Bedfordshire

404 ha

Wheat, osr, spring barley

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Rick Davies

Mark & Emma Sampson

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Mark & Emma Sampson

Loddiswell, Devon

250 Acres/150 Contracted

Winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oil seed rape

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Mark & Emma Sampson

Graham Potter

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Graham Potter

Thirsk, Yorkshire

200ha

Winter, OSR, spring barley

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Graham Potter

Hugh Edgeley

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Hugh Edgeley

Acton, Suffolk

526-999ha

Winter wheat, winter OSR, spring barley

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Hugh Edgeley

Julian Lownds

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Julian Lownds

Dorset

300 acres

Oilseed rape, barley wheat

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Julian Lownds

Testimonials

Michael Johnston

“The Claydon system is at the focus of what we do.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Michael Johnston

Aberdeenshire

50ha

Barley, Kale, Forage, OSR

Blow away soils prone to erosion

“The Claydon system is at the focus of what we do because it enables us to establish crops much more quickly at a much lower cost than with a traditional plough-based system as well as eliminating soil blow.”

Will Gilman

“Saving around £50,000 on fuel, machinery and labour

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Will Gilman

Lincolnshire

370ha

Wheat, Barley, OSR, Stubble Turnips

Half limestone brash, half clay and high stone content

“The opportunity to buy our once tenanted farm was the key driver behind our family business’s switch to direct drilling with lower establishment costs contributing to the viability of the overall purchase plan.

My initial calculation is that the move has so far resulted in a saving of around £50,000 on fuel, machinery and labour. Around £30,000 of that is in fuel costs.”

Toby Saunders

“We have probably saved £20,000 in repairs.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Toby Saunders

Northamptonshire

810Ha

50:50 split OSR:Wheat

Heavy clay to light brash ironstone

“By direct drilling OSR and wheat we have managed to save 30,000 litres of diesel over 810ha and I have a feeling we have probably saved £20,000 in repairs, wearing metal and other costs too without suffering any loss in yield or increase in weed pressure. The savings allowed me to update my tractor fleet.”

Martin Whyberd

“We had a wholesale clear-out and started all new.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Martin Whyberd

Norfolk

186ha

Wheat, OSR, Beans

Clay loam soils

“We probably save £10,000 a year on fuel alone. The costs have just dropped through the floor. Running the drill costs us £10-£11 per hectare whereas with ploughs, power harrows and the other drills we had we were probably in the region of £25-£30 per hectare. It varied depending on the season.

When we opted for the Claydon system we decided to really go for it. We had a wholesale clear-out and started all new and I don’t regret selling anything. It would all have been totally unused and just left rusting away.”

Stuart Scarff

“Our fuel this last year was £12,000 down.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Stuart Scarff

Suffolk

364ha

Wheat, OSR, Peas, Beans, Barley

Heavy clay

“We were quite surprised our fuel this last year was £12,000 down on the previous year. And that’s just on the first year of using the Claydon system in the autumn. We’re still on the first set of front tines and they’ll do another season. We must have drilled around 240 hectares with those tines so far.”

Richard Self

“I decided to try to do the whole job myself.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Richard Self

Suffolk

263ha

Wheat, OSR, Linseed, Sugarbeet

Heavy clay

“We’d been on all sorts of different systems from ploughing to deep cultivating, always trying to make the seedbeds easier. Eventually, 7 years ago, I decided to try to do the whole job myself which the Claydon drill has allowed me to do.”

Daniel Brown

“The Claydon produced much better establishment than

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Daniel Brown

Suffolk

133ha

Wheat, Linseed, Potatoes, Sugarbeet

Fen land

“Where we’d ploughed and power-harrow drilled, a lot of the moisture dried out. The Claydon produced much better establishment than the power harrow because the spring was so dry and the Claydon drilled into moisture and the power harrow didn’t.”

Andrew Hutton

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Andrew Hutton

Suffolk

720ha

Wheat, Herbs

Medium to light loam, some heavy land

"We’re farming mainly first wheats with herbs and rape and going back to sugarbeet next year. It’s generally medium to light. We do have some heavy land and that’s drilled better than I’ve ever seen and other people on the farm have said the same.”

James Lee

“Ploughing alone was costing well over £50/ha.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

James Lee

Crediton, Devon

Circa 170ha

OSR, wheat, oats, barley, linseed, kale

Stony, medium clay loam soil

“On our home farm we were establishing combinable crops conventionally in a three-pass system, using a plough and press followed by a tine harrow and then a tine drill. It was a system that produced a good result, but it was very time-consuming and used a lot of diesel. Ploughing alone was costing well over £50/ha.”

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Andrew Day

“The Claydon System buys us time.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Andrew Day

Hampshire

530ha

Wheat, barley, beans

Heavy clay with flints

“Previously, there’d been a culture of deep cultivations on the farm.  Ploughs and heavy tines made multiple passes to beat the soils into shape. Wearing metal and fuel bills were spiralling out of control and proportion.

The Claydon System buys us time on our difficult ground and the main advantage for us is the speed and efficiency of the system. We can comfortably drill 32-40ha in a day. Given our steep banks, stones and some fiddly fields that’s a decent rate, and far more than we could achieve with the plough.

The 7f plough has long since departed, along with several other items of cultivation clutter that are no longer needed.” 

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Richard Taylor

“The Claydon drill has greatly reduced our establishment costs”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Richard Taylor

Hertfordshire

480ha

Barley, oats, beans

Gravel and chalk to London and Red clays

“Our soils range from gravel and chalk to London and red clays.  Drilling in the right conditions is essential and the Claydon gives us time to do exactly that. Before, investment in machinery was enormous and on our very stony land the wear and tear on soil-engaging equipment was very high, so the cost of establishing crops was very expensive.

The Claydon drill has greatly reduced our establishment costs, made a huge difference to timeliness and is really beneficial in helping to reduce slug and blackgrass problems. Since we started using it, the soil is becoming noticeably more friable every year and worm populations have increased dramatically!”

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Thomas McGuinness

“The right time, under the right conditions.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Soil Type

Thomas McGuinness

Ballywaltha

728ha

Wheat, Barley, OSR

Medium stony

“The system has saved us an enormous amount of time and money, as well as giving much greater peace of mind, because timeliness is much improved.

Weather was previously always a threat in the autumn, but now we start drilling in mid-September and are finished by mid-October, so the crops are drilled at the right time, under the right conditions, which is essential to maximise yields.”

Madeleine Palmer

“We saved £9,500 in contract drilling costs.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Madeleine Palmer

Hertfordshire

140ha

Wheat, OSR

Heavy clay

“In addition to the yield gains, though, it’s the reduction in passes, and hence establishment costs, which have had the most marked effect on the business.
In our first season alone we saved £9,500 in contract drilling costs.

The Claydon system enables us to establish a crop in a couple of passes, the first with a straw harrow  to distribute chaff evenly and disturb slugs, and has cut our establishment time considerably.  With our other enterprises and our lack of staff, we simply wouldn’t have time to plough all our ground and then work it down and drill it.”

Steve Hoyland

“I have even managed to take on 80ha of contract work with the drill.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Soil Type

Steve Hoyland

Nottinghamshire

101ha

Wheat, Oats, Beans

Medium

“Being a smaller farmer I was unsure if I would benefit from using the Claydon system; since purchasing a 3m Claydon Drill on finance I have saved in the region of £15,000 – that’s £150 per ha compared to my previous plough based system. I have been very impressed by the yields and savings which have more than covered the payments on my finance package. I am now the only person on the farm doing drilling and cultivations and I have even managed to take on 80ha of contract work with the drill this season which is a real bonus.”

“Not having to plough, disc and press twice before drilling means we’ve been able to cut around £120/ha.”

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Soil Type

Tom Ireland

Lincolnshire

400ha

Wheat, OSR, Beans, Peas

Mainly medium loam, with some fen silt hills and heavy hollows

“We were running a system based around ploughing and combination drilling, and were fairly happy with the yields we were getting –– but not with our establishment costs. Not having to plough, disc and press twice before drilling means we’ve been able to cut around £120/ha.”

“Despite the wheat’s appearance early in the season, we’ve seen no fall-off in yields. The main difference is in the time, fuel and labour savings we’re making now.”

Jamie Osborne

"I can certainly recommend the Claydon system for game covers."

Farmer

Location

Arable area

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Jamie Osborne

Bedfordshire

25 acres for game cover

Game cover

"Firstly, the cost saving is amazing , , , Perhaps the biggest benefit is that the game covers are so much cleaner.  Because we are not disturbing the soil, we don't have a mass of different weeds coming through, which would be a challenge to control"

". . . there has been a huge increase in English partridge numbers and the system has been massively beneficial to all wildlife."

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Rick Davies

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the Claydon System has transformed the way we think about farming and how we actually farm"

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Soil Type

Rick Davies

Bedfordshire

404 ha

Wheat, osr, spring barley

Sandy and gravel, sandy clay loam, corn brash Hanslope Series clay

"With just myself and father working full time, the Claydon System provides huge time, labour and cost savings, as well as increasing drainage, worm activity and increased soil organic matter. Ultimately, it gives us more time to manage our farm rather than just doing tasks that are often ineffective and costly."

Click here for the full case study: http://www.claydondrills.com/uploads/Farm_Focus_Rick_Davies.pdf

Mark & Emma Sampson

Soil structure has improved dramatically using the Claydon drill’

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Mark & Emma Sampson

Loddiswell, Devon

250 Acres/150 Contracted

Winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oil seed rape

‘’All farmers are looking to reduce the cost of establishing their crops, as this represents one of the few potential areas for savings,”

 ‘’I can now drill 80 acres a day, so our own 250 acres is just three days work instead of almost three weeks when we were using a plough, power harrow and drill.’’

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Graham Potter

‘’The structure and condition of the soils is improving significantly as a result of strip seeding’’

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Soil Type

Graham Potter

Thirsk, Yorkshire

200ha

Winter, OSR, spring barley

Mixed

"I certainly have not experienced the drop in yield that often gets talked about on internet forums by people who probably have no practical experience of strip seeding, in fact quite the opposite.” 

….. ‘The Straw Harrow is a key part of the system. I bought a 7.5m model and quickly found out how important it is in getting the best from the Claydon System. In fact, it is essential, as the Claydon Hybrid Drill, Straw Harrow and Rolls are designed to work as one.’’

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Hugh Edgeley

"We were amazed at how quickly the crop emerged and how well it looked throughout the season"

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Soil Type

Hugh Edgeley

Acton, Suffolk

526-999ha

Winter wheat, winter OSR, spring barley

Hanslope series clays to sandy clay loam

"Apart from reducing our costs, it has improved timeliness, resulted in higher yields and increased gross margins, while the huge time saving gives us more opportunity to manage the business and for family life."

….. "When we compared what we would have spent on glyphosate and slug pellets it quickly justified the cost of buying the larger Straw Harrow’’

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Julian Lownds

The Claydon Strip Seeding System has substantially improved the economic sustainability of our business.

Farmer

Location

Arable area

Cropping

Julian Lownds

Dorset

300 acres

Oilseed rape, barley wheat

“Establishing crops using the Claydon Strip Seeding System has substantially improved the economic sustainability of our business, as well as providing other benefits in terms of improved timeliness, soil structure and yields.”

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