The Farm

The Belvoir Estate comprises 16,000 acres. Within this, 12,000 acres are cropable land, 1,654 acres are woodland and 2,000 acres are permanent grassland. The Estate is divided into two categories, the ‘in-hand’ estate where all of the farming and other businesses are managed by Belvoir (2,000 acres of arable land, 1,000 acres of permanent grassland and 1,654 acres of woodland) and the ‘let’ estate comprising the remaining area, of which the farming and other enterprises are rented by tenants.

In-hand a rotation of combinable crops are grown including wheat, peas and oilseed rape. There is also a possibility of growing potatoes in red loam soil, which is ideal for achieving a perfect skin finish to suit supermarket standards.

A variety of cattle and sheep graze the parkland and grassland surrounding the Castle. They are mainly consumed in the Castle or sold locally. His Grace the Duke of Rutland owns one of the last surviving herds of pedigree traditional Hereford cattle.

The Estate is passionate about linking conservation with commercial activities. The farm is in an Entry level stewardship scheme and has signed up for a High level stewardship scheme. There is also a strong emphasis on grassland management and conservation crops for wild bird habitat and waterways. New ponds and lakes are being created and existing ones restored.