End users increasingly demand that grain is delivered to their exact specification, to a timetable that suits them, in an efficient manner and with full traceability and product safety guaranteed. Through its network of central stores which span England and Eastern Scotland, Openfield is able to meet these needs signalling a new era in service delivery across the supply chain.
It is estimated that 25% of the storage capacity on farms across England is nearing the end of its working life leaving many growers in a dilemma as how to invest scarce resources. A store should ideally meet the needs of the growers’ business and satisfy the expectations – current and future – of their supply chain customers.
Costs of reinvesting in on farm facilities have increased significantly in recent years. Off farm solutions are now showing a significant saving for growers together with a tax efficient payment structure.
As the stores are owned by Members and there are no outside shareholders to satisfy the annual operating costs are “cost recovery” and the economies of scale come into play.
One of the key aspects to investigate before entering into any arrangement would be your exit strategy should your farming circumstances change in the future.
Prompt collection of ex combine condition crop is the key. With each load being analysed prior to tipping similar quality material can be bulked accordingly. With significant commodity segregation any load that does not meet a particular specification can be bulked accordingly thus avoiding any redirection haulage costs.
Choose a storage site from the drop down or click on the map markers to see details of our storage sites throughout the UK.
Unlike other central stores where individual farmers own their storage rights, the store at Bressingham is fully-owned by Openfield. Its function in holding stock to meet both the needs of our local consumer customers later in the season, and for growers who need to move product at harvest time, is however the same. Based in the heartland of Norfolk, the store can accommodate 35,000 tonnes. Further development of the site is being evaluated.
The site is also the hub of Openfield operations in East Anglia and is a recognised regional office for our team of Farm Business Managers and support staff.
Established in 1977, Cannington Grain has expanded steadily to its current 40,000 tonne capacity. Storage is based on 25 silos with combined capacity of 30,000 tonnes and a floor store for a further 10,000 tonnes.
Intake facilities with tail gate tips now ensure turnaround times of no more than 10 minutes. Daily intake capacity peaks at 2,500 tonnes per day, while high capacity grain dryers (handling in excess of 100 tonnes per hour), ensure crops are conditioned quickly with no loss of quality. All grain is fully analysed on intake for all quality through the TASCC accredited laboratory.
For further details, please visit www.westcountrygrain.co.uk
Craven Grain was established in 1979 to serve its founding members. Recent expansion has seen capacity increase to 35,000 tonnes, based around 23 silos with a combined capacity of 15,000 tonnes and flat stores for a further 20,000 tonnes.
The store runs two continuous flow dryers, each with a 40 tonnes per hour capacity. With three intakes giving a combined intake capacity of up to 220 tonnes per hour, the facilities provide prompt harvest movement, usually within 24 hours.
For further information please visit www.cravengrain.co.uk
Situated adjacent to J28 of the M5 motorway, Devon Grain Store has excellent links with the many feed mills in the local area.
Storage and facilities provide a current 25,000 tonne store capacity (based on 19 storage silos with a further eight holding silos with capacities ranging from 300 to 2,200 tonnes).
With three intakes, all capable of over 100 tonnes per hour, there is a rapid turnaround with minimal waiting times even during the busiest harvest periods.
A close working partnership with both Kernow Grain and Cannington Grain enables greater utilisation of the store.
For further details, please visit www.westcountrygrain.co.uk
Trinity Grain (Micheldever) was previously Hampshire Grain prior to the merger with Wiltshire Grain and Ridgeway Grain in August 2018. The site can accommodate 64,000 tonnes with full drying and processing facilities for all arable crops.
Grain is stored in 46 bins with capacity ranging from 450 tonnes to 3,800 tonnes, while three flat stores provide an additional 12,500 tonnes of storage.
The company has a rolling programme of modernisation and maintenance to ensure that intake capacity is aligned to the ever increasing combine output.
For further details, please visit www.hampshire-grain.co.uk
The Honey Pot Grain facility is fully-owned by Openfield. The 30,000 tonnes of storage is used strategically by the business to process and manage the timely supply of raw material to consumer customers. Individual growers also contract to utilise storage to meet their own farming needs, thereby offering a flexible solution to meet harvest requirements.
In addition to the store, the site also accommodates the seed plant, a UKAS accredited laboratory and the trading offices for the Openfield business.
Kernow Grain has an 18,000 tonne storage capacity with land available for further development.
Storage is all silo-based with 20 bins for storing a wide variety of crops. The store runs two continuous flow driers each with a 45t/hour capacity. All grain is fully analysed on intake, with all equipment calibrated to the national ring check.
Grain temperatures are carefully monitored throughout storage and managed using ventilation systems.
Kernow Grain have developed a close working relationship with Devon Grain and Cannington Grain collectively marketing their produce through West Country Grain and Openfield.
Founded in 1980, Lingrain occupies a dockside site in the Port of Boston. It presently stores 47,000 tonnes for 65 members located within a 30-mile radius. The store also acts as an export hub, with a further 250,000 tonnes loaded on to boats for export to predominantly European destinations. Its port location minimises onward freight charges, while the commodities it handles reflect its export markets.
Facilities include five intake channels with a combined capacity of more than 3,000 tonnes per day, three dryers rated at 160 tonnes per hour, and a 300 tonne per hour outload capacity capable of loading a coaster on a single tide.
Members’ returns benefit from Lingrain’s unique position in a port with an enviable record of service both in reduced freight charges and lower costs as a result of the export operations.
For further information please visit www.lingrain.co.uk
Trinity Grain (Membury) was previously Ridgeway Grain prior to the merger with Hampshire Grain and Wiltshire Grain in August 2018. Significant grant aided investment during 2013/2014 has modernised and transformed the store that now offers an overall capacity of 60,000 tonnes.
Storage is provided by a combination of silos and flat stores. Up to five intakes operate during peak periods to enable the storage of a wide variety of crops and quality specifications. The store runs two continuous flow dryers with a total capacity of 110 tonnes per hour.
The close collaboration with the neighbouring stores in Wiltshire and Hampshire has paid dividends leading to the creation of Trinity Grain.
For further information please visit www.ridgewaygrain.co.uk
Union Grain operates a 20,000 tonne store, housing 17,000 tonnes of grain in six bulk bays and 3,000 tonnes in six additional silos. There are two Law Denis dryers capable of drying grain at 60 tonnes per hour, and while there is no first stage processing undertaken on site, the store is a LIFFE futures store – for up to 15,000t of tendered futures wheat.
Significant investment has enabled Union Grain to maintain harvest service levels. These improvements have resulted in increased demand from existing and potential members while further expansion is being investigated.
For further information, please see contact details below.
The Weald Granary store currently has an 80,000 tonne capacity and membership of 220 farmer members.
Supporting infrastructure has developed in-line with store expansion, and peak harvest intake capacity is now in excess of 3,000 tonnes per day through four intake points and a bulk out-loading capacity of 500 tonnes per hour. The store has two continuous flow dryers with a combined capacity of 150 tonnes per hour, grain is pre-cleaned on intake as part of first stage processing, and sophisticated temperature monitoring and cooling equipment ensures it is maintained in optimum condition during the storage period.
The membership and store capacity of Weald Granary continues to expand, and development plans are in place for a further 20,000 tonnes of storage at the Mereworth site, ensuring farmers in the South East have access to a modern storage, marketing and distribution service.
For further information please visit www.wealdgranary.co.uk
Following a period of rapid expansion since 2010 site capacity has reached 100,000 tonnes.
Service delivery to farmer members at harvest is impressive, with five intakes operating up to 500 tonnes per hour during peak periods. Storage is in 47 silos ranging in size from 420 to 2,500 tonnes, and the store runs five continuous flow dryers with a total capacity of 270 tonnes per hour.
The store has developed a high level of expertise in storing malting barley and recognised across the industry both domestically and abroad for the quality of its stored barley.
Trinity Grain works closely with its marketing partner, Openfield, to create value for members.
For further details, please visit www.wiltshiregrain.co.uk
Woldgrain Storage based at Hemswell Airfield, Lincolnshire was established in 1980 to store grain on behalf of its founding members. As a farmers’ cooperative it works on a non-profit basis and the storage space is owned by the shareholding membership. A board of nine oversee the store management and the primary objective of the business is to provide a cost-effective storage option for farmers.
Significant grant assistance from East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has allowed the business to install appropriate infrastructure to meet the future needs of members. The facility now has five new intake pits, a new high capacity dryer, high capacity cleaners and a gravity separator.
For further information please visit www.woldgrainstorage.co.uk