Thirty-five years ago young farmer Andrew Soanes (76-83) (pictured cente) and his father Clive (46-51) farmed just 60 acres at Church Hill Farm in Middleton-on-the-Wolds. Today the farming operation that Andrew oversees and manages from Wallis Grange Farm, Kiplingcotes across several farms runs to just shy of 3,000 owned acres, all approximately 300ft above sea level. With various contract farming arrangements his combined working acreage is over 5,000. It is spread from North Frodingham over to the coast, around Wetwang, Middleton-on-the-Wolds and Kiplingcotes.
The contract farming is conducted between Market Weighton and Middleton-on-the-Wolds and Andrew employs a staff of 14 on the farms and haulage. Poultry processing has been part of the family farming operation for generations and the factory on the original farm was the bedrock that made the profit that allowed Clive and Andrew to grow the arable operation. It still exists as well as four poultry rearing sites with two near Middleton-on-the-Wolds, Park Farm at Beverley and another at Wetwang with 95,000 broilers on site at each. Five more staff are employed in the poultry business where Clive concentrates his efforts as well as running his own game dealing business, leaving Andrew to work the land.
The farm was recently featured as ‘Farm of the Week’ in the Yorkshire Post Country Week, to read the full article click here.
Andrew is married to Sarah and they have four children: Emily (04-09), Lucy (05-12) and Rebecca (06-13), all OPs, and a son in the sixth form. In his spare time Andrew enjoys shooting, being involved in triathlons, keeping fit at his local gym in Driffield and both playing and watching rugby. He used to play as either wing or centre and is a keen supporter of Super League team Hull FC.