Bedfordia Farms is a family owned business dating from 1939 seeking to manage farmland and to farm within long established and firmly held core values of responsibility and integrity. With a dedicated and valued team of some 28 full time staff, we are managing land and farming activities for the Ibbett family and private and institutional land owners in Bedfordshire and Leicestershire. Farming combinable crops over some circa 10,000 acres of predominately heavy land and finishing circa 35,000 pigs from 1,100 sows together with a 27,000t grain store complex run for own and third party grains form the core farming business activities.
The slurry from the pig finishing unit provides feedstock to one of the first wave of commercial scale food waste AD plants in the UK (The Twinwoods plant built 2005) which is co-located on the farm. Bedfordia created Biogen in the mid 2000’s and later partnered with Kier to build one of the leading design, build and operating business of food waste AD plants in the UK. The Biogen business has now been successfully sold and operates independently of Bedfordia; though two plants (and their offices at Milton Ernest) are based on the farms and Bedfordia utilise the digestate as a fertiliser displacer on combinable crops. This, together with other renewables (wind and solar) provide a diversified income stream to the core farm business.
Bedfordia Farms seek to continue to develop as a leading land manager and farming business, harnessing technology and innovation, best practice and shared learning in the search to strive for sustainable intensification of all our farm activities with a high priority for both our staff, our land, the environment and our production and animal welfare from the livestock activities we are engaged with.