david watson
Partner, Agribusiness

David has more than 30 years of expert agricultural knowledge and his role covers a wide range of areas with a focus on operational farm management.

David started a career in farm management after an agricultural degree at Newcastle University and a farm management diploma at the Scottish Agricultural College, over 30 years ago, and joined Bidwells in 2015 from Farmcare Ltd.

David’s experience includes hands on farm management on mixed farming businesses throughout the UK stretching from the Cotswolds, the Midlands, Aberdeenshire and Essex. The different roles were on owned estates, contract farmed businesses and partnerships, and included combinable crop units, and significant livestock enterprises, on a variety of soil types. The Essex Farms business also had a portfolio of over eighty houses, and a number of commercial rental units.

Latterly, David was head of arable operations for Farmcare Ltd overseeing the entire UK arable operation which was based on thirteen sites with a team of eighty people, where he was responsible for farm performance, client care, grain marketing, new business and environmental management. David has a particular interest in combining profitable farm management with good environmental practice.

Whilst at Farmcare, David set up their internal combine machinery pool as a way of driving down harvesting costs and operational costs remain a particular area of interest.


  • Farm management and operational advice
  • Strategic farm consultancy
  • Labour and machinery use on farms
  • Farm Management Agreements
  • Technical assessment of business performance
  • Farming and the environment, including Environmental Stewardship
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