Recruiting new drivers for our expanding haulage fleet!

We’re in the exciting process of expanding our haulage fleet, with two of our four new Volvos arriving yesterday.

And, as a result of this new expansion, we’re currently recruiting new drivers! This is to work alongside our farm team, moving agricultural goods such as cereals, sugar beet, potatoes and fertilisers.

 

If you’re interested, please get in touch on 01954 210 211 option 1

As an aside, we’re also looking to introduce a graduate driver scheme – more to follow on the blog soon.

 

Great feedback on our open day from NFU members

What a fantastic day we had on Monday 24th June, welcoming around 140 people from the Cambridge branch of the NFU (National Farmers Union) to Scotland Farm.

We’d invited the NFU members to come along and learn about the forward-thinking and innovative sustainable farming methods we use at P.X. Farms, and there was particular interest in our use of CTF (controlled traffic farming), the grain storage operation and our investment in state-of-the-art new equipment.

We had some great feedback on the day and afterwards, like these fantastic comments on Twitter:

It’s always great to be able to share our passion for embracing new ways of farming, and we look forward to hosting similar events in the future.

Harvest 2019 grain storage available

Crop storage forms a major part of our business, and you may be pleased to hear that we have crop storage available for independent farmers and grain merchants for harvest 2019 at our 82,000-tonne facility at Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton just outside Cambridge.

Capable of managing over 5,000 tonnes of incoming crop a day during harvest and the capacity to dry 1,200 tonnes per day and clean 480 tonnes per day, our facility includes high-tech monitoring in each store that cools whilst aerating and maintaining temperatures at less than 5°C.

We also have a weighbridge and sampling services that enable us to process a lorry in nine minutes and load out up to 180 tonnes per hour.

And there’s more.

We were recently awarded coveted organic status by official UK certifying body, OF & G Organic. This means that we’re now able to meet the increasing demand for organic and even vegan farming production.

Additionally, we offer a collection, cleaning and delivery service for out of spec crops through our Grain Hospital, which uses state of the art cleaning equipment to provide full colour and size sorting, and fine cleaning. This means that we’re able to help with admix and ergot removal, bushel weight improvement; pea colour sorting; premium enhancement; preparation of commodities; and cleaning all combinable crops.

This flexible storage solution can be rented annually. Independent farmers can use this storage to sell their crop to whomever they wish, whilst grain merchants can have their grain delivered from all their farms and stored in one place.

So, if you haven’t got crop storage in place for this harvest and want to learn more about our offering, please give us a call on 01954 210211 option 3 or email grainstore@pxfarms.com.

 

It’s all about the P.X. Family – James Peck

Without the P.X team, we wouldn’t be where we are today – our 38 strong workforce are the core of our business.

We provide high quality accommodation to our team and plan working shifts in advance so we are able to give our families real quality of life working in an agricultural environment. This results in staff retention and stability. 

Investment in training is vital to us. In addition to our current staff training programme, last year we started the P.X. Farms Graduate Programme, which employs one new young person every two years, and puts them through a range of farm experiences – including combining in Australia.

We also organise regular educational trips and speakers’ meetings for all farm staff to encourage continuous learning. Most recently a group of staff, including the current P.X. Farms Graduate Jamie Willoughby, went on a learning trip to SIMA in France.

We’re always investing in ways to keep our team and those working around them safe, and looking after our team’s health and well being. Recent examples include the new CCTV system on our latest lorries to ensure drivers are more aware of their environment and who is around them, and the purchase of an onsite cherry picker to reduce the need for our team to go up and down ladders.

But it’s not just our employees we feel are part of the P.X. Family, it’s the partners we team up with – our machinery suppliers, trades people like plumbers,builders, electricians, those with specialist expertise and our clients. Together we build the foundation to expand and the opportunity to provide value.

 

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.

Check out our latest Spring/Summer 2019 P.X. Farms Newsletter

Our Spring/Summer 2019 newsletter is now available

Print copy – get in touch for your print copy or check out the May 2019 issue of Farmers Guide

Online copy – simply download the online version here

This issue covers:

  • Storage and cleaning facility achieves organic status
  • Diversification into potatoes
  • Major investment in safety and service for high-spec fleet
  • The threat to farming’s future – by James Peck
  • It’s all about the P.X. Family – by James Peck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.X. Farms Awarded Organic Status Thanks to Innovation and Forward-thinking Approach

P.X. Farms – the innovative agribusiness dedicated to ensuring profitability for clients across five counties and its own Cambridgeshire family farm – has been certified by OF & G Organic for seed cleaning, packing and processing, and for combinable crops.

This is thanks largely to P.X. Farms’ open-minded and forward-thinking approach to organic, but also to its much-lauded Grain Hospital.

The Grain Hospital offers a collection, cleaning and delivery service for out of spec crops, and uses state of the art cleaning equipment to provide full colour, size-sorting and fine-cleaning.

OF&G certify more than half of UK organic land and provide support, information and licensing to Britain’s top organic food businesses. First launched in 1973, in 1992 it became the first body to be approved by the government to carry out inspections and certify organic farmers and food producers.

P.X. Farms Managing Director James Peck said:

We’re really proud to have been awarded OF&G organic status, and are grateful for the support the certifying body has provided throughout the process.

We’ve always had a forward-looking attitude and hunger for new approaches to farming, so while many have decried the calls for farming that more helps meet the demand for organic and vegan produce, we’ve chosen to embrace it.

The certification is testament to all the hard work and investment we’ve put into the Grain Hospital, and to innovative approaches to farming in general.

P.X. Farms’ Grain Hospital is designed to take the hassle out of any grain issues with its collection, cleaning and delivery service. Grain Hospital can help with admix and ergot removal; bushel weight improvement; pea colour sorting; premium enhancement; separation of commodities; and the cleaning of all combinable crops.

P.X. Farms also has crop storage available for independent farmers and grain merchants for harvest 2019. The storage facility is designed to manage over 5,000 tonnes of incoming crop a day during harvest, with the capacity to dry 1,200 tonnes per day and clean 480 tonnes per day.

This flexible solution can be rented annually. Independent farmers can use this storage to sell their crop to whom they wish, whilst grain merchants can have their grain delivered from all their farms and stored in one place.

Located on Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton just outside Cambridge, the facilities include: high-tech monitoring in each store that cools whilst aerating and maintaining temperatures at less than 5°C; a weighbridge and sampling services, enabling P.X. Farms to process a lorry in nine minutes and load out up to 180 tonnes per hour; and a dedicated grain store office and laboratory services, providing a complete solution for clients.

P.X. Farms can also help with haulage, laboratory and cleaning requirements.

ENDS

About P.X. Farms

Offering a wide range of agricultural services, advice and long-term management, we provide tailored and standalone solutions to help establish, operate, grow and improve farm businesses.

Centred around the family estate and run by fourth-generation farmer James Peck, P.X. Farms uses the latest technology and farming techniques to maximise yields, reduce input costs and minimise environmental impact.

With our skilled workforce, deep base of technical knowledge and our conscientious approach, we can help you boost your business’ profitability.

We are certified by OF & G Organic for seed cleaning and packing and processing, and for combinable crops.

Get fit for the future with our tailored and standalone solutions in farming, crop storage, haulage, cleaning and crop testing in our laboratory.