Chris set up the estate management company Musgrave Management Systems in 2003 and looks after estates in and around the Marlborough area.
He has four main clients, Temple Farming, Barbury Castle Estate, Manton Farming Ltd, and Maisey Farm Partners. Between them these four estates total around seven and a half thousand acres. They have all diversified away from main stream agriculture with an emphasis on equine events. Two of his clients have racehorse training yards, with between them 19 miles of racehorse gallops and around 360 horses training each day.
A well as this, Chris manages the ‘contract farming’ business on behalf of Temple Farming, whereby Temple has all the machinery and grain storage facilities and these are then contracted out to their neighbours. All the estates practice a similar style of farming which is loosely based around arable farming (@ 3,500ac) with an emphasis on first wheat production, with breaks of oil seed rape, linseed and spring barley. Within this arable element there are @ 350 acres of organic crops.
Environmental schemes have been incorporated to a maximum effect across the downs, in 2012 Chris was chosen to spearhead a new Government environmental scheme – Nature improvement area – of which there are only 12 in the country, and only one that was farmer led.
Chris has a very strong ‘ethos’ of ‘Profitable farming with a care for the Environment’ and to this extent the outstanding biodiversity on the Downs is testament to his style of ‘land management’.
Chris was also the Event Director for Barbury Castle Horse Trials, the first ever 3*** CIC Horse Trials to be awarded this status within its inaugural year, thereafter followed by being awarded a World Cup qualifier in year two - again a first in the sport.
He is also a Family director of Musgraves, a family-owned International Food Distributor which presently control 28% of the Irish groceries market, as well as owning symbol groups in the UK (Budgens/Londis) and Spain (Dialsur). He is also Chairman of the Family Education Committee, as well as sitting on the Family Council.
Chris has sat on the CLA National Agricultural and Rural Economy Committee, he is currently a member of the Game Conservancy Lowland Steering Committee, as well as sitting on the Council of Partners for the North Wessex Downs AONB. He was recently made a Governor of the Royal Agricultural College, as well as being awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2012.