The threat to farming’s future

Never before has farming faced so many challenges: the pressure to feed a burgeoning population, climate issues, the growth of veganism and increasingly urban populations, price pressures, Brexit and so much more. Farming in today’s environment is undeniably a challenge, and sadly I fear any farmers not adapting to the changing environment may pay the ultimate price.

As a businessman, as well as a farmer, my response to this is how can we ameliorate this risk? How can we draw on the experiences of other industries to help us overcome the challenges?

The role of us all is to look after each other. Employers, staff, neighbours, people in the industry -we all face difficult times especially with mental health and health and well being. It’s important we consider those around us and how we can help support each other. The Worshipful Company of Farmers’ recent ‘Health & Wellbeing Research Report’ published in April 2019 highlights the challenges around mental health, long working hours and rural isolation. It makes recommendations to support each other through support groups and evidence-based learning, encourage collaboration and introduce a nationwide programme like FarmStrong in New Zealand.

The future of farming is two fold for me: it’s supporting and working together through the challenging times and celebrating the good times; and about combining scale for efficiencies of economies and specialism to build value. Supporting each other, blending the latest research with practical agricultural knowledge, and implementing best practice farming techniques all help underpin a strong industry foundation to create premiums, increase yield, reduce inputs and protect our countryside that we can all benefit from.

I’ve travelled extensively over the years to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the US, China, Canada and India to see first hand the application of innovative farming techniques which we’ve been able to adopt and develop to the benefit of our customers and our own farms.

That experience, in particular, was the motivation for me to drive P.X. Farms to be a leading innovator in arable farming here in the UK. And to be a business that can credibly and capably support others to give farming a future.

A key driver for me is to ensure we make money for our customers and remain profitable for future stability. Though innovating can be costly and you might fail, it’s what you do next and how you adapt that is crucial.
We’re a professional and highly skilled agribusiness dedicated to ensuring profitability for both our clients and our family farm, whilst working in harmony with the countryside.

Major investment in safety and service for high-spec fleet

Over the years we’ve made significant investment in telematics for our haulage fleet to improve safety and service. This gives everyone peace of mind during the haulage process. In 2019 we’ve installed cameras on our newest lorries for an all round view to improve visibility and safety of the surrounding environment. These cameras record in real time and transit wirelessly back to the office. The footage also helps us to identify areas where we need to support our drivers with training.

Back in 2010 we introduced innovative telemetric software that monitors the exact location of our lorries 24 hours a day. We’ve been successfully using this for nine years now and it is a valued part of our haulage service. It gives the exact locations of our lorries 24 hours a day, ensuring that constant communication is maintained between the office and customers, and routes are planned effectively.

Our 12-strong fleet of high specification 44-tonne lorries driven by trained, dedicated drivers. The fleet hauls grain, sugar beet, fertilisers and other agricultural products across the UK for a wide range of farming clients, with drivers trained to use fork-lift equipment.

P.X. Transport Planner Nick Durkan said: “What makes P.X. Farms haulage unique is the investment the company makes in both staff training and state-of-the-art equipment, like our onsite lorry washing facility, which is used by our uniformed drivers daily. Our team pride themselves on offering a top quality service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and keeping in regular contact with customers to ensure utmost efficiency”.

 

Check out our latest testimonial from Harlow Agricultural Merchants:

Harlow Agricultural Merchants have used P.X. Transport to move grain for the last five years. The service Nick provides is of the highest quality, at fair rates. We know we can send him work and not hear anything until the weighbridge tickets are returned to us, which saves everyone time, and naturally, money. I would have no hesitation in recommending P.X. as a top-class haulier.