Hi I'm
David Darlington

  • Position: Consultant
  • Location: England and Wales
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
    • Business Management and Finance
    • Livestock and Fishing

I have over 30 years’ experience in agriculture, 25 of which I spent as a partner within the family business . Due to my health, the herd was sold back in 2022 and the farm is now let out on an FBT and I am now working for SAC as an agricultural consultant.  When I returned home, from Harper Adams Agricultural College with a degree in Agriculture, back in 1996, I managed the dairy/arable business including staff recruitment, reporting to nutritionists, vets, agronomists, and investors.

Having been involved in the dairy / arable industry myself I feel I can relate to the challenges farmers face on a day-to-day basis and try and help them overcome them in a practical and down to earth way.

I am a keen advocate of technology and its ability to improve efficiencies. I specialise in dairy robotics including building design and herd management within the system. I also enjoy business management and planning including drawing up cashflow forecasts and their ongoing analysis.

I would also like to develop my skill in dairy cow rationing to not only provide completely independent advice to farmers but also give a second opinion on a ration they are already feeding, if they are having issues within the herd.

I am also fully competent in all legislation in relation to farming business, including NVZ, Farm Assurance, Cross Compliance, Stewardship schemes, Health and Safety and employment law.

I am based in Cheshire and cover the surrounding area.

In my spare time I enjoy eating out locally as well as following the local football teams. I am also an active member of 3 local discussion groups.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Livestock and Fishing

I'm currently working on

I am currently working on carrying out carbon audits for companies like Oxburry Bank and Branston’s Potatoes.

I am in the process of making some videos for FAS Scotland on Multi Cut Silage and Data Management and it’s use in aiding decision making.

I have also been asked by several clients, who supply milk through the Sainsburys Sustainability Dairy Group, to help them negotiate the new pricing matrix that Sainsburys has introduced. This includes soil testing, Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) as well as baseline habitat work.

Advising famers on SFI, Countryside Stewardship and Capital Equipment grants and also carrying out the actual applications of such grants.

My professional highlights

Achieved Carbon Literate status earlier this year and helped deliver a Carbon in Agriculture course to Severn Trent Green Power

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