The importance of effective time management, work-life balance and personal development are, perhaps surprisingly, the main lessons learned by David Hurst as joint host of Duxford Monitor Farm over the years. last three years.
Before taking on a new role as Senior Associate Director at Strutt & Parker, David, Agricultural Director at Law Farming, reflected on his time as part of the Agricultural Excellence Program. In particular, he found the sessions with business coach Alan Brighton particularly instructive.
One of Alan’s key lessons is that all companies have jobs of Â£ 10, Â£ 100 and Â£ 1000 per hour. However, in order to move a business forward it is important to have the time to focus on ‘working on, not in’ the business, and therefore on jobs from Â£ 100 to Â£ 1,000 per hour, in the business. whenever possible. David found this advice invaluable: âIt was a turning point in my life and my career and it was one of the best things I have ever heardâ.
“Alan’s sessions really highlighted areas for review and development, which I took into account to make key changes.”
David also said the Monitor Farm program has helped better analyze costs, work systems and general direction of travel. The ability to share knowledge and on-farm activities, participate in benchmarking, and have plans peer reviewed at Monitor Farm meetings helped David make changes on the farm.
These changes include moving from a fleet of owned machines to a fleet of leased machines, the introduction of a new ranching business, and crop modification: -cultivate. “
David also describes that his time as Monitor Farm host has been invaluable in helping him grow both himself and the business by building strong working relationships with industry experts: âThe Monitor Farm program has been an excellent platform to access specialists and knowledge.
âThe opportunity to work with such specialists really helped us move the business forward and prepare it for the future.
As David heads to an exciting new opportunity, providing farm management consulting in Northumberland, Tom Mead will continue to host Duxford Monitor Farm. The program will continue through the summer and fall and end in winter 2021/22, with topics for discussion to come, including ways to improve efficiency in the use of the nitrogen and the calculation of emissions and carbon sequestration.
For more information on Duxford Monitor Farm, including topics covered in the meetings, please visit ahdb.org.uk/farm-excellence/duxford.