One of the UK's largest growing farming businesses, Farmcare, has entered into a series of partnerships to take over the operational management of its farms.

it follows Farmcare's announcement in November that planned to restructure the business.

The firm, which ran eight sites across England, had been farming more than 30,000ac including combinable crops used for cooking and biodiesel production, potatoes and fruit and veg in the UK.

The new partnerships have now all been agreed with Farmcare employees set to transfer over to the new partnership businesses.

The changes have also seen the company close its central office in Barnsley and sell its fruit farms.

As a result, Farmcare will now cease operational farming. However, in a statement representatives said it will continue to develop its land and property assets, investing further where appropriate.

Farmcare chief executive, Richard Quinn, said: “These new partnerships with leading contractors across the UK will increase the economic resilience of the farms to ensure their long-term prosperity.

The Farmcare team has worked hard over the last four years to modernise the business, and these new partnerships will enable each of our farms to continue to develop and perform at an even higher level.

"In securing these partnerships, we have been pleased that all of our operational farming staff have transferred to work for the new partners and that we have helped all of our support staff to find new roles.”