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Leading Yorkshire food company Cranswick plc are looking for farmers in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, The Midlands, Norfolk and Suffolk to both care for their pigs on a bed and breakfast basis and to rear poultry as they expand to meet consumer demand for their products and they are offering healthy returns in exchange.

There are several different options available for farmers, from renting out their land for outdoor pigs or new poultry buildings, to entering into long term contracts of 5-15 years for both indoor pigs on slatted systems and outdoor bred pigs on straw. All yielding attractive returns on investment and a guaranteed monthly income which isn’t weather dependent.

Cranswick are keen to talk to both existing growers, arable farmers and any other livestock farmers who are considering a farm diversification opportunity.

Over the last year Cranswick have invested over £12.5 million in their growing farming division which is made up of 5 farming businesses; Wayland Farms and Wold Farms for outdoor pigs, White Rose Farms for indoor pigs, Crown Farms for poultry and Crown Milling who supply feed. This investment has seen an increase in the size of Cranswick’s own pig breeding herd hence the requirement for more farmers to come on board.

Cranswick is the only meat processor to have achieved Tier 1 status in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), retaining this position for the fifth consecutive year. There are only four companies in Tier One; Cranswick, Marks and Spencer, Noble Foods and Waitrose out of a list of 150 businesses benchmarked. The report confirms those companies appearing in Tier 1 as the global leaders on farm animal welfare.  

Sustainability has become an expectation for consumers and Cranswick’s Second Nature sustainability strategy sets out ambitious commitments with focus on regenerative farming.   They are working long term with other food producers that share the rotation generating greater focus on soil health, actively measuring soil health and carbon footprint. Over the two years they have increased soil organic matter by an average of 10%, this supports higher levels of CO₂ cycling, improves following crop yields and irrigation efficiency. The higher nutrient levels left by the pigs reduces the need for artificial fertiliser in subsequent crops, the aim being to deliver a lower carbon footprint rotation delivering high quality food.


Crane Court
Hesslewood Country Office Park
Ferriby Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU13 0PA
United Kingdom
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