1. Professional – we strive for excellence in everything we do
2. Custodian – our actions benefit you for the long term
3. Caring – we work to get it right for you
4. Trust – we believe it creates a better working environment
5. Forward Thinking – we challenge ourselves to shape the future
Scale – our national scale gives us a strategic advantage controlling costs
Expertise – Our focus on technical expertise to optimise agronomy using innovative techniques
Intelligence – leading market knowledge managing risk and maximising returns
Team – we own the company – long term interest for us and the client
Resources – professional farm managers, administrators, bookkeepers, accountants and land agents
Yes to Sentry
In the early years the company’s growth was on the back of pension schemes investing in farm land, and in the early 1980’s the company commenced contract farming for private individuals. In 1986, following the sudden death of the President of the American insurance company, Sentry Farm Management (along with all the company’s non-insurance activities worldwide) was put onto the market and a management buyout was undertaken aided by city equity houses and a merchant bank.
1990 saw the company merge with Associated Farmers plc in a reverse takeover, and Sentry Farming Group plc began its journey from the third market, via the USM, to become the only farming company with a full listing.
However it soon became obvious that the growth and profit expectations of a fully listed company were incompatible with a farming company, and in 1999 the Plc divested itself of all of its assets, with employees, customers and machinery transferring through a management buyout to Sentry Limited, with the employees having control of the company.
The new Sentry utilises an Employee Benefit Trust to safeguard the ownership and give stability and direction to the company, giving all current and future employees the opportunity to acquire shares.
The company has established a proven record of profitability, which maintains a dividend stream but retains the majority of profits to provide re-investment for growth and maintain a successful career ladder.
Sentry regularly attends events throughout the year. Often we are exhibiting at these events where you can come and meet us and see what we do.
Sentry in Numbers
Hectares farmed by Advisory Members
Tonnes of beet grown
Tonnes wheat produced in 2019
Tonnes seed processed
Tonnes of fertiliser purchased
Year became employee owned company
Years benchmarking data
Combines purchased in 2019
Years of conference
Farms involved in
Here at Sentry we believe that our people are our best investment – our business is dependent on its people and their skills.
Training and development programmes are fundamental to maintaining our competitive advantage in all chosen business fields. We want to ensure that our employees, new and old, have the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills through our comprehensive training programme.
Our in-house training programme covers:
Management skills • Business skills • Agronomy training • Soil management • Farm machinery • Sales training • Managing performance • Personal skills • Employment issues • Motivation
Please check out any current vacancies we are advertising for – in the meantime, we are always pleased to receive CV’s, so if you are looking for a role with us, please send in your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you immediately.