In 1988 aged 28, William Grimsdale sold the family 300ac farm in Hampshire and bought Mountfair 700ac in the merse of Berwickshire.
In 1990 William was offered a share farming agreement and this is where our contract farming first started. From then on in the 90’s William added more land by adding further contract farming agreements.
- In the late 90’s and early 2000 profits in arable farming were very difficult due to the low grain prices. We had to find a way of farming, profitably both for ourselves and our clients, so cutting a massive amount of cost was vital.
- So in 2002 we went to the philosophy non-inversion - so a 450hp tractor along with a 6 metre set of disc and tines were bought, plus an 8 metre tine drill.
- In 2003 Mountfair Farming Ltd was established. We presently have 7 agreements all similar in nature based on profit share, and all agreements are financially independent.
- In 2005 middle son Aidan started working for the business, with Jorin the eldest starting in 2009 after a period working for New Holland