Thoresby Farming

At Thoresby, we farm a total of 3,400ha (8,400 acres).  2,700ha of this is arable land, with the remaining 700ha used as grazing for our heritage livestock. Some of our land is designated as Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserves (NNR).

We farm on two different types of soil on the estate – light sandy soil (Bunter Sandstone) and heavier (Keuper Marl) soil. We grow a range of different crops including:

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We have invested heavily in our farming enterprise over the past 20 years. This includes making our irrigation system as efficient as possible, and we have 22 rain guns that apply water to all crops on the sandy land, the water comes from rivers, winter storage reservoirs, and boreholes.

We offer a flexible range of contract farming and land rental agreements – please contact us for more information.

Thoresby Livestock

Our heritage grazing operation includes 130 English Longhorn cows, their offspring, and a trio of bulls. They live for much of the year in the ancient oak woodland, helping to enhance the biodiversity within this area. We work in close partnership with English Nature to keep this vital ecosystem healthy by controlling heather and brambles sympathetically and naturally.


We have 250 Hebridean sheep, easily identified by their black wool, on the estate and we also lamb around 950 mules every year that mainly graze the permanent grassland around Thoresby Park. The sheep work in tandem with cattle on the heritage grazing land.

As well as the livestock in our heritage grazing scheme, we also rear 2,000 sows (female pigs) of which each produces around 21 piglets a year which are then fattened on the estate.

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