Shaftesbury Estates farms 1,400 hectares of the estate through its subsidiary, St. Giles Farms Ltd. The principal enterprise is the production of combinable crops (wheat, barley, oats oilseed rape and peas).
Crops are chosen to best suit the predominantly light chalk soils and to maximise market opportunities. Wheat is grown for both bread-making and animal feed, the barley is grown for high quality malting for the production of beer and distilling whisky, naked oats are grown for breakfast cereal, HEAR Rape (high erucic acid rape) is used for production of lubricants and peas are grown for animal and bird feed.
The farm retains a suckler herd consisting of British and continental breeds, (Belgian Blues, Aberdeen Angus, Simmental, Hereford and Limousin). Their offspring are finished to a high standard to produce quality meat.