Woldmarsh was formed in 1961. We are a farmer owned agricultural buying group based in Louth, Lincolnshire. Our 900+ membership extends north to Richmond, west to Leeds, east across Norfolk and south to The Isle of Wight.

Our experienced buying team work on behalf of our members to secure the best value across a wide range of goods and services. We also work in conjunction with other similar groups to optimise shared collective strength to provide more benefits to our members.

National Membership

East Anglia

The benefits of membership are made known mostly through word of mouth. When you are on to a good thing it is only natural that you tell other family members and friends. We now have more members outside Lincolnshire than in it, with many in the counties of Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and beyond.

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Yorkshire & The Humber

Louth, the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, was where the concept of Woldmarsh was born. From an initial group of 12 farmers in 1961 to more than 985 today, a significant proportion of farmers in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber regions have benefited from membership over many decades.

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West Midlands

The benefits of membership are made known mostly through word of mouth. When you are on to a good thing it is only natural that you tell other family members and friends. We now have more members outside Lincolnshire than in it, with many in the counties of Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and beyond.

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North West

When the original 12 farmers conceived the idea of Woldmarsh, it is highly unlikely that they would have considered that membership would include farms from Cheshire to the Scottish Borders. With the advert of modern communications, there is no part of England that we cannot assist.

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North East

A few years ago we introduced our first member to the group from County Durham. From those small beginnings we now routinely accept members from Northumberland and as far South as Hampshire.

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Wales

If you are a farmer, seeking assistance from a farming co-operative is a logical step to take, as the business you are running is complex and often isolating, with so many operations now highly labour efficient. Why not give the office a ring or send us an email to see if we can help you?

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East Midlands

Louth, the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, was where the concept of Woldmarsh was born. From an initial group of 12 farmers in 1961 to more than 985 today, a significant proportion of farmers in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber regions have benefited from membership over many decades.

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South West

We are often asked whether we can assist farmers based further afield than the counties neighbouring Lincolnshire. As much of the distribution network is geared to national supply, there is little we cannot assist a farmer with. Chemical distribution networks are highly efficient and we have yet to find an area of mainland England where next day delivery is not the routine position.

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London & The South East

We are often asked whether we can assist farmers based further afield than the counties neighbouring Lincolnshire. As much of the distribution network is geared to national supply, there is little we cannot assist a farmer with. Chemical distribution networks are highly efficient and we have yet to find an area of mainland England where next day delivery is not the routine position.

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Why our members love Woldmarsh

Joining Woldmarsh is the best thing I’ve done. My electric bills have been cut in half and the staff are always helpful and friendly.

Steve R
South Yorkshire

My electricity saving alone is around £2,000 a year. With the excellent service and range of farming inputs covered Woldmarsh offers the full package.

Richard W
Lincolnshire

Being a member of Woldmarsh allows us to get on with the job. It saves time getting quotes, the staff are very helpful and friendly, and one monthly statement simplifies accountancy.

Mark D
South Yorkshire

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Our History

Woldmarsh was formed in 1961 around Henry Sharpley’s kitchen table

1961

Louth Trading Group and Beelsby Viners merged and an office was opened in Louth. Guaranteed payments to suppliers massively improved the group’s negotiating positions.

1963

With membership expanding, suppliers began to appreciate the benefits of trading with Woldmarsh.

1977

Due to expansion and with turnover passing the £20 million mark, the offices moved to larger premises.

2000

Turnover breached £30 million, putting Woldmarsh in a stronger position than ever before.

2005

The business saw continued rapid growth with enthusiastic members increasingly appreciating the long-term value of collaboration over competition.

2008

A contemporary IT network was established, increasing efficiency and more specialist staff employed.

Present Day

The group has continued to thrive, with membership now approaching 1,000 and turnover in excess of £113 million per annum

Our Directors

Stuart McKenzie

After qualifying with a degree in Agriculture at Aberdeen, Stuart started his managerial career with F.M.C., working throughout Scotland. In 1986, he moved to Lincolnshire…

After qualifying with a degree in Agriculture at Aberdeen, Stuart started his managerial career with F.M.C., working throughout Scotland. In 1986, he moved to Lincolnshire working first with GW Padley Ltd before moving to Cherry Valley Farms Ltd, where he spent 20 years of his working life, managing complex processing operations with large workforces.

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Andrew Price

After qualifying with a degree in Agriculture at Bangor University, Andrew joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Now Defra) to work with arable…

After qualifying with a degree in Agriculture at Bangor University, Andrew joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Now Defra) to work with arable farmers in Essex. In 1986, Andrew moved to South Lincolnshire working with potato farmers on crop quality and yield which included a two year secondment to a potato co-operative. In the 1990s he took on the overall management of ADAS’s business consultancy team with a group of 60 business, financial and human resources consultants across England and Wales. Joining Clydesdale bank in 2004 as an agricultural partner Andrew had a remit to build a commercial loan portfolio with farming businesses and raise the bank’s profile in Lincolnshire.  In 2016 Andrew retired from the bank so he could run his 270 hectare arable farm with his wife Pat.

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Robert Borrill

Robert is the current Chair. He farms 600 hectares in North Lincolnshire, growing combinable crops, sugar beet and vining peas for Birds Eye, and is…

Robert is the current Chair. He farms 600 hectares in North Lincolnshire, growing combinable crops, sugar beet and vining peas for Birds Eye, and is a contract duck grower for Cherry Valley Farms (conventional and free range) and incorporates an extensive High Level Stewardship Scheme. Diversification projects include contract potato and caravan storage, a limestone quarry, property development and a pub. He graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 1990 and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1994 to study duck protection in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the USA. Robert is a past chairman of The Forum for Sustainable Farming and currently sits on the HGCA British Cereals Export Committee as well as being Vice Chairman of the Ancholme Internal Drainage Board.

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David Blacker

David graduated from Harper Adams College with a degree in agri-food marketing before travelling the world for 12 months. On his return he took over…

David graduated from Harper Adams College with a degree in agri-food marketing before travelling the world for 12 months.

On his return he took over the family farm and contracting business based at York. David is now focused in combinable crops covering over 2,000 acres. He is BASIS and FACTS qualified and undertakes his own in-house agronomy.

David’s farm was one of the first AHDB monitor farms for a 3 year period and is focused on strip-tillage, improved margins  and soil health improvement.  Precision farming plays a big part in his business using RTK auto steer, Yara’s N-sensor and N-tester for fertilizer applications, yield mapping and variable rate drilling.

David has been involved in extensive on-farm trials in conjunction with organisations such as Yara, ADAS, PGRO and Syngenta.  He is also the current Chairman of Ridings Machinery Ring.  David joined the Woldmarsh Board in 2016.

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Helen Clarke

Helen graduated in 1994 from Westminster College with an Oxford University accredited degree in education. She taught in the private and state sectors for 15…

Helen graduated in 1994 from Westminster College with an Oxford University accredited degree in education. She taught in the private and state sectors for 15 years. Following the death of Helen’s father in 2010 Helen became the manager of the family’s 3200 acre arable farm situated just North of Lincoln. In 2012 Helen organised the Guinness Quadtrac World Record and raised over £30,000 for Cancer Research. In 2015 Helen attended the Worshipful Company of Farmers advanced business course at the RAC, Cirencester. Helen lives near Welton with her husband and twin teenage daughters.

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