EVENING PROGRAMME National Conference Centre, Birmingham
Thursday, October 17 SPONSORS
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A WELCOME FROM MORRISONS
WELCOME TO THE 2019 BRITISH FARMING AWARDS
ood evening and welcome to this year’s British Farming Awards. It is always a pleasure and a privilege to present these awards and bring together our finalists and winners at the National Ben Briggs Conference Centre. Farmers Guardian editor This is the seventh year of the British Farming Awards and they continue to flourish each year. These awards are run by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, and our awards reflect the breadth of the UK farming industry, celebrating the diversity and innovation present in an industry which faces continuing change and challenges. The judging process prompted plenty of lively debate and discussion and I would like to thank our judges who supported this event and congratulate our finalists, who each deserve recognition for their achievements. We are not seeking out and rewarding businesses which are the biggest or longest established; the British Farming Awards are about individuals who have adapted, innovated and shown a resilience which has inspired their business to thrive. These qualities are palpable among our finalists, along with their dedication and passion to constantly improve their businesses. Tonight, we also celebrate our fifth year of the Mart’s the Heart Awards, highlighting the valuable role played by auction markets and auctioneers across the UK. Our sponsors are a key part of these awards and their support is absolutely invaluable. To each and every one of you, thank you for your commitment in helping make this event happen. I wish you all an inspiring evening, celebrating the achievements of our British farmers and the continuation of a most unique industry.
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SOPHIE Throup, Morrisons agriculture manager, says: “Morrisons is pleased to once again sponsor the British Farming Awards and to help celebrate some of the great work British farmers do. “Our customers tell us year in, year out, that buying British and supporting British farmers is as important to them as it is to us. “As British farming’s biggest supermarket customer; we value the 3,500 farmers and growers we deal directly with and know that by working together, we can build long-term business sustainability for both of us through strong and enduring relationships.”
Sophie Throup Morrisons’ agriculture manager
THIS EVENING’S PROGRAMME 6.30pm
Three-course locally-sourced dinner served
Awards end and entertainment begins
Carriages Thursday, October 17
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Salmon and spring onion fish cake with mixed leaf salad and a Vermouth cream sauce Roasted red pepper, tomato, mozzarella and grilled aubergine tower with sun-dried tomato and chervil dressing (Vegetarian, pre-order only) MAIN COURSE
Roast Staffordshire strip loin of beef, served with classic Bordelaise sauce with chervil and rosti potato Baked vegan filo parcel filled with asparagus, red onion and mushroom with a roasted red pepper sauce (Vegetarian, pre-order only) DESSERT
Apple tarte tatin with thick blackberry and tonka bean cream with maple syrup caramel
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9/3/2019 9:57:59 AM 08/10/2019 11:46
uction marts are the beating heart of many rural communities, acting as a commercial outlet for livestock sales and as a social hub for farmers. Throughout its history, Farmers Guardian has stood side-by-side with auctions and has showcased both the trade of the day and the people who make these institutions tick. Our Mart’s the Heart Awards and wider brand celebrate the very best of the auction mart system and acknowledge the rising stars and established auctioneers who are integral to their local area. It also readily shines a light on those who have dedicated their lives to the markets, as well as the many people working behind the scenes in the likes of auction mart cafes, who make them thriving social epicentres for scores of farmers. This year’s awards yet again attracted scores of nominations and thousands of votes, which mirrors FG’s sector-leading coverage of sales both in print and online.
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Ben Briggs Farmers Guardian editor
Auction Finder is the go-to place for auction mart sales listings, led by head of commercial sales and development Steph Ryder, and support for the Mart’s the Heart Awards continues to grow. This year’s winners are at the top of their game and it is only right they get the recognition they so richly deserve. Without motivated individuals and teams driving marts forward, the auction system would not be as vibrant as it is or so crucial in setting a price floor which is pivotal for the wider UK livestock trade, ensuring farmers can get a fair price.
MARTâ€™S THE HEART AWARD WINNERS SPONSORED BY
AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR Greg MacDougall Richard Turner & Son
NEW AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR Drew Patrick
Hexham & Northern Marts
AUCTION CAFE OF THE YEAR The Cafe
Darlington Farmers Auction Mart
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Clive Roads
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Richard Bartle Dinmore Manor Estate, Herefordshire THE Dinmore name is undoubtedly well-known on the show circuit with pedigree Limousins, British Blues and Shorthorns under the prefix performing consistently well in showrings up and down the country. However, back at home in Herefordshire, the herdâ€™s owner Paul Dawes and farm manager, Richard Bartle are mindful about breeding cattle for the commercial market. To achieve an accelerated improvement in genetics, embryo transfer (ET) work, and also in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technology is used across all the three breeds kept on the 2,000-acre farm. ET work, and IVF in particular, has accelerated the improvement of genetics considerably and is also used as a â€˜good insurance policyâ€™ to ensure bloodline can be preserved. The herd is part of a Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) approved health scheme, and cattle are sold both privately and through pedigree sales at Carlisle, Stirling, Brecon, Newark and Melton Mowbray.
John Egerton Lisnavoe Farm, Co Fermanagh JOHN Egerton is driven by a desire to provide a viable farming future for his three adult sons who are interested in farming in the future. Running a suckler herd of 90 cows, in-calf heifers are sold as replacements and he takes everything else through to finishing. All the suckler cows are bred to AI, and a synchronisation programme and a heat detection system are used to ensure he is achieving the best results. John annually analyses soil and silage, and cattle are weighed every six weeks at grass, and every three weeks at housing. He also measures grass growth weekly across the farm, which is all split into paddocks. Other strands to the business include a 150-ewe sheep flock, with ewe lambs sold as replacements and all other progeny finished on-farm. Dairy heifers are contract reared and calves are reared to 12 weeks for Blade Farming.
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BEEF INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Ian Norbury Dairy Farm, Cheshire FOR Ian Norbury, cow numbers have expanded quickly from calving 70 cows in 2018, to 120 in 2019. And this rapid upscale in numbers has only been achieved through strict management of the land to allow it to hold a larger number of cattle. The 220-acre grassland farm has seen investment into permanent fencing so a rotational grazing system can be fully utilised. The spring calving suckler cows are regularly moved onto fresh grazing to ensure youngstock are achieving a high daily liveweight gain, which helps Ian finish the cattle sooner on grass before housing is required. EID is used so weight gains can be easily tracked, and feacel egg counts are taken regularly to ensure worming is done when it is necessary and cattle are blood tested for mineral status. All cows are blood tested before calving and colostrum is tested in a bid to keep mortality rates at less than 3 per cent.
Ed and Julie Williams Northacombe Farm, Devon A NICHE marketing scheme is proving worthwhile for Ed and Julie Williams who farm within the Dartmoor National Park. The pair have sold their finished lambs to Dartmoor Farmers, which placed about 250 lambs a week in 10 Morrisons stores in the South West last winter, for several years. More recently they have also started supplying beef to Dartmoor Farmers, which requires livestock to be native breeds bred, born, reared and finished within the National Park. Last year, the couple finished 50 cattle for Dartmoor Farmers, with some produced from their own herds of 20 pedigree Belted Galloway and 18 red Aberdeen-Angus cows. The rest, mainly Galloway, were bought-in from other farmers within the National Park. The aim is to finish the cattle between 530 and 620kg liveweight once they have completed two summers grazing on the moor. Cattle are out-wintered, and the aim is to achieve 1kg daily liveweight gain on average, off an average 5kg head/day of blend and hay.
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Jonny and Carrie Burridge R.D. & J. Burridge, Norfolk THIRD generation farmers Jonny and Carrie Burridge are utilising their four robotic milkers to maximum effect to safeguard their family farm. As members of Arla UK’s Pathfinder programme, the couple share and learn best practice, improve their farm’s profitability, animal welfare and work efficiency. They have cut costs and improved the management of the business, which produces 2.3 million litres of milk a year from the 230-cow herd of mostly Holsteins. Following investment in an automatic calf feeder and, through better colostrum management, they have reduced calf mortalities by 90 per cent and liveweight gains have improved. A milk analyser provides relevant data to assist in reducing vet costs, antibiotic use and boosting welfare. The business welcomes schools on-farm and is an Open Farm Sunday host, which this year welcomed more than 6,500 visitors. With a growing number of visitors, a vending machine will sell pasteurised milk to boost sales and bridge the link from farm to consumer.
Paul Griffin Briddlesford Farm Dairy, Isle of Wight BRIDDLESFORD Farm Dairy is home to a 140-cow pedigree Guernsey herd, farm shop, cafe/restaurant, state-of-the-art milk processing facilities and a visitors’ centre. Co-partner and fourth generation farmer Paul Griffin oversees management of the dairy herd at the 220-acre unit, producing as much milk from grass as possible. The family resigned from the wholesale market to reconnect with consumers and take back control of price in 2017, and all milk is now processed on-farm into either fresh milk and cream or a range of dairy products. All cows are direct descendants of the original 12 cows which Paul’s great-grandfather Charles brought to the farm in 1923, and the award-winning herd is now one of the highest ranking breed herds in the world, based on an average of 6,295 litres at 5.19 per cent fat and 3.44 per cent protein. Following major investment in milking equipment and cow housing, the business now supplies many outlets directly, both on and off the island.
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DAIRY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Jimmy Pritt J.W.P. Farming, Leicestershire JIMMY Pritt has always had a passion for dairying and owns a contract dairy farming business delivering an agreed farming policy with the owner of Whetstones Pastures Dairy. Managing a 264-acre all-grass farm, he has increased the block calving herd size from 200 to 350, invested in more cubicles and housing, cow tracks and a new water system for paddocks. He has also built additional slurry storage and put in a New Zealand-style 24:48 milking parlour and collecting yard. Yields average 6,163 litres, with 3,927 litres from forage, at 4.5 per cent fat and 3.7 per cent protein, and milk is sent to a local cheesemaker to produce Stilton. As chairman and member of the Profiteers discussion group, he regularly participates in discussion groups to improve business, he has a grazing plan which is reviewed every two years, does weekly grass walks and forward-budgeting of winter feedstocks. Jimmy hopes to achieve his dream of farming in his own right and own a profitable dairy herd.
Ben, Sam & Adam Spence The Home Farmer, Yorkshire
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AN overhaul of the family dairy business is now providing income for three farming families. Brothers Ben and Adam Spence undertook the construction of a new cubicle house and parlour, and moved into selling milk and cheese direct to consumers. The installation of a 24:24 rapid-exit parlour has improved productivity, animal health and milk hygiene, contributing to high quality milk from the 90-strong Friesian herd. It has also vastly reduced time spent milking. Running the farm with their parents and Benâ€™s wife Sam, they supply milk into Wensleydale Creamery, but recently diversified into fresh milk and cheese sold directly to consumers via a converted mobile horse box, driven to different Wensleydale villages. The team regularly engages with the public on farming and food production methods and is heavily active on social media, sharing daily life on-farm with 9,000 followers. The family has recently finished completion of a cheese processing room and will begin production of a raw milk farmhouse cheese to sell from its mobile trailer.
Jack Bostock Lamb2Ewe, Yorkshire AFTER spending time working as a shepherd with a 5,000-ewe flock, Jack Bostock is now building up his own flock and has set up the business, Lamb2Ewe, selling lamb and other meats direct to the public via a website. The aim is to champion high welfare, locally sourced lamb, reduce waste and environmental impact and provide customers with a fully traceable product, which is guaranteed to have been non-religiously slaughtered. Customers are able to engage with Jack and ask any questions relating to farming and the production of food they are buying. Their policy to only supply non-religiously slaughtered meat is their main selling point, strengthened by a carbon-neutral delivery system and sustainable eco-friendly packaging which can be recycled or composted. He is in the process of opening a butcher’s shop which will give him more scope to expand as well as helping to reduce costs.
Mat Cole Dartmoor Farmers, Devon IN partnership with his brother, Mat Cole farms 2,000 acres on Dartmoor grazing sheep, cattle and ponies, on five different shared commons. He was instrumental in establishing Dartmoor Farmers which created a new supply chain where 75 farmers are now working together supplying Morrisons stores in the South West with five lamb products for its ‘The Best’ range. By working together and marketing their product effectively they are able to achieve a premium price for the product, reach new consumers and safeguard their future. Mat is passionate about engaging with the consumer and every year during lambing time the family opens up their farm to the public for a week. He is also at the forefront of a new project the Dartmoor National Park is working on in partnership with farmers which provides the general public, tourists and residents with an insight into farming life.
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SHEEP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Sharminda Lockwood R.T., J.J. & I.J. Lockwood, Kent AS well as running the family farm with her husband, Sharminda Lockwood is a veterinary surgeon specialising in sheep health and production. So it is no surprise she is focusing on greater efficiency and production in their own flock of 800 Lleyn cross ewes by implementing a number of protocols to improve health and welfare. Having three young children, working as a vet as well as being involved with the farm means her biggest challenge is availability of time. Improving flock health by disease prevention not only impacts on profit but makes management of the sheep easier. Sharminda is spreading the risk to the business by having several different enterprises as well as her income as a vet. Rearing black and white calves for beef, turkeys for the Christmas market, holiday cottages and a retail meat brand, she also hopes to utilise lamb via direct meat sales in the future.
Eamonn Matthews Glens of Antrim Lamb, Co Antrim FIVE years ago Eamonn Matthews made radical changes to the sheep flock he runs on the family farm, switching from a high input flock to a more extensive system better suited to the farm and its environment. He explored whether there was a market for local produced hill reared lamb and then formed the group Glens of Antrim Lamb with a food tour organiser, chef, butcher and other farmers to sell lamb locally. Research indicated local chefs wanted lamb with a more distinct flavour than those finished at 16 weeks, which means he now lambs later and allows lambs to age naturally. Eamonn has also developed a range of convenience meals to sell at farmersâ€™ markets, which he believes to be a good route of achieving brand recognition and reintroducing consumers to lamb. He now achieves a good price for his products while becoming more sustainable and environmentally focused.
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Euan Caldwell The James Hutton Institute, Angus EUAN Caldwell’s biggest challenge is running the James Hutton Institute’s 257-hectare conventional arable enterprise while supporting almost 300 different field trials ranging from 0.01ha-42ha in size. Led by science, his technological innovations include adapting the farm’s plot grain drill to use auto-guide technology to release small seed automatically using GPS technology and helping design the John Deere trials direct drilling prototype. Demonstrating a futuristic approach to crop production, he grows Scottish hops in polytunnels and creates ‘magic margins’ to help protect natural resources from water run-off and nutrient loss. Building good relationships between science and industry is a key focus to the success of the farm, which is a platform for conducting experiments and a site to promote knowledge exchange to the wider agricultural sector. Euan leads the design of field demos for events such as Potatoes in Practice and Arable Scotland.
Rob Fox T.I. Evans & Son, Warwickshire
FOCUSING on efficiency is key to Rob Fox’s 400-hectare farming system, which operates as an AHDB Strategic Cereals Farm. Growing winter wheat, barley, spring beans, oilseed rape and linseed on various soil types, he joined up with a neighbouring farm to create a joint machinery and staff venture six years ago. Now run across 720ha as three separate businesses, Rob manages all staff, machinery and agronomy, with each farm business owning a proportion of the equipment. Machinery costs have fallen by 15 per cent and investment has been made in the latest machinery and technology, such as crop sensors for variable nitrogen applications and a controlled traffic system. Precision farming techniques, including variable rate seeding, auto-steer and section control on the sprayer, have added £20-£100/ha to gross margins and allowed for better use of nutrients. This more targeted approach has seen yields steadily rise by 1t/ha in wheat.
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ARABLE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Ryan McCormack Burden Bros Farms, Kent
RYAN McCormack runs Burden Bros’ 1,250-hectare mixed farm on a min-till and zero-till system. All machinery on-farm is kitted out with the latest technology and the company has created a bespoke time-recording app for accurate running costs. With a vision to reduce carbon footprint on crops, the introduction of a zero-till drill has reduced cultivations, transformed the farm’s black-grass management strategy and made savings of £100/ha. Diversifying into storage solutions has generated an additional income of more than £500,000/year, while the farm’s suckler herd of 800 Aberdeen-Angus crosses is bedded on home-grown straw and fed on the farm’s brewers grain, and farmyard manure is returned to fields. Attention to detail is important to Ryan and, last year, he achieved the best spec throughout the UK for the wheat variety Montana. He dedicates much of his time to educating and involving the local community, running projects with local schools and taking part in farm open days.
Tim Parton S.S. & S.D. Kirk, Staffordshire
FARM manager Tim Parton has improved soil health dramatically and seen wheat yields rise by one tonne per hectare by running the 300ha farm on a managed regenerative agricultural policy. The farm now saves more than £45,000/year compared to 10 years ago, has eliminated insecticides and seed dressings, and reduced herbicide, fungicide and fertiliser use. Tim brews his own biology, which he says plays a vital role in fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere, releasing phosphorus from the soil and fighting fungal infections on the leaf, and molasses is added to nitrogen applications to feed soil bacteria and fungi. A modified drill enables biologicals to be placed next to the seed and three different crops to be drilled at one time, giving consistently better yields. Cover crops are destroyed mechanically without glyphosate, and any glyphosate used on-farm is offset by adding fulvic acid to allow biology to recover.
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Charles Creyke Wheel Track Roller Combi, Yorkshire HAVING previously invented the Aqueel, a roller system to increase soil surface area, Charles Creyke developed a solution for soil water retention in compacted tramlines. The Wheel Track Roller Combi features a subsoiler with legs angled outwards towards the rooting zone of the growing crop, which creates channels for water to seep through. Behind a self-cleaning plastic wheel, a high-slip, low-soil adherence plastic roller forms angled elongated reservoirs to hold the surface water, while also creating perforations which facilitate the ingress of the water into the soil. Initial tests show untouched tramlines saw a run-off of 23.9 per cent, whereas Wheel Track Roller Combi tramlines resulted in just 1.9 per cent in combinable crops. Already the first unit was sold to the Broads Authority last summer following a prototype machine being made available to Catchment Officers.
Gareth Davies & Phil Corke The Bison Lock, Wales
Phil Corke (left) and Gareth Davies.
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THE Bison Lock is an anti-theft device designed and built by sheep and beef farmer Gareth Davies. Prompted by a spate of thefts in the area, which is heavily dependant on quad bikes for access to the Brecon hills, Gareth has prevented would-be thieves from taking the local farmsâ€™ machinery. Due to the age of many of the local farmers, the invention had to be easily operated and eliminate climbing and bending over the machine to secure heavy chains. The quad bike is driven onto the platform, which is bolted to the floor. When the front brakes are applied, the rear wheels turn a set of rollers connected to a threaded bar. This pulls a pair of plates into the hubs and firmly grips the bike. To release the bike, reverse is selected and the whole process is reversed. Two locks hold the hub plates in place so even if the keys to the bike were found by thieves, the clamps would not release. The product is Sold Secure Gold-accredited.
MACHINERY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Geoff Eyre Bale Wrapper, Derbyshire UPLAND hill farmer Geoff Eyre has designed a wrapping system which speeds up bale wrapping and reduces labour. Designed to be used in conjunction with a previous design of his called the Traileyre, the unit makes unloading and wrapping quicker and more efficient without the need for a loader in the field. The primary components include a pair of bale wrappers, a pair of conveyors and a pair of transfer arms which take the bale from the conveyor and put it on the wrapper. The Traileyre drives in and starts unloading the bales off its spiked arms. These are moved along the conveyor before the transfer arm, which has wheels to allow the bales to roll off, places them onto the adapted McHale wrapping units. It boasts a 50 per cent reduction in plastic using only four layers of wrap, and the bales are only handled to put in a stack once wrapped, and not dropped on stubble in the field. Up to 180 bales per hour can be wrapped, 20 per cent compared to traditional systems.
Tilly Pass Tilly Your Trailer, Bedfordshire
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FOLLOWING the death of her 19-year-old son, Harry Christian-Allan, who was killed while carting grain, Jane Gurney has rewritten the rulebook for agricultural trailers. The Tilly Pass scheme uses an 18-point checklist to establish if a trailer is safe to be used on the road. The Tilly Pass check and certification is carried out by authorised mechanics and includes the removal of all wheels and a full inspection including the brake drum shoes and suspension, chassis integrity, towing eye, lights and hydraulics. Once a pass is awarded, a uniquely numbered sticker is attached to the trailer, with a paper trail for the farmerâ€™s records. Any braked implement can be put through the certification scheme, including 4x4 drawn livestock trailers. So far, more than 5,000 trailers have been certified by the annual scheme and 300 dealerships and independent engineer outlets are now accredited to carry out the inspection.
James Doel Anglia Quality Meat, Hertfordshire ANGLIA Quality Meat is a livestock marketing co-operative, marketing several thousand cattle, sheep and pigs throughout the east of England each week. A collaboration with Active Farm Solutions facilitated development of a range of security products tailored to each farm and a health monitoring bolus called ActiveHerd. This sits in the rumen of cattle and transmits temperature data, providing the farmer with valuable data to alert them to disease challenges before they are visibly present. Data, which is said to be accurate to 0.1degC, is transmitted through a bespoke infrastructure allowing it to be looked at through any web-enabled device. Any alerts from the system will be sent via text message to the stockperson, allowing for early intervention and, therefore, reducing the use of antibiotics and improving animal welfare and productivity. It can also highlight water consumption and breeding patterns.
William Wells Hummingbird Technologies, London HUMMINGBIRD Technologies is an artificial intelligence business using drone and satellite technology, along with proprietary algorithms to provide a suite of maps to help make informed farm management decisions. Its technology uses the most advanced techniques, delivering actionable insights on crop health directly to the field. It is the brainchild of chief executive William Wells, who grew up on a farm in the south west of England. A vast amount of research and development has been undertaken with businesses such as Velcourt, NIAB, Beeswax Dyson Farming, Spearhead and BASF. The company offers a range of services across various crops in vegetables and cereals, such as crop stress monitoring, detection of diseases, weed grass mapping, nutrient management mapping and yield prediction. It has also embarked on bespoke work with more unique crops, such as Christmas trees, and tailored mapping of issues, such as pest damage.
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AGRI-TECH INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Ian Wheal Breedr, Exeter IAN Wheal is on a mission to improve the livestock sector and communication in the supply chain. Growing up on a mixed farm in southern Australia, Ian built up knowledge of supply chains, working as a business consultant for big food brands, but farming remained his passion. Breedr uses data to help producers improve on breeding and rearing to enhance beef quality, meet supply chain requirements and grow profits. Farmers feed their livestock data into the Breedr platform, which is integrated with several farm management tools, and can monitor the performance of individual animals. The performance and history of individual animals is made available to other users, creating a transparent supply chain, so buyers can purchase with certainty that they are getting a top quality animal. The tool also predicts when an animal might be ready so farmers can forward-sell, helping with cashflow. At the moment beef cattle are included, but the company plans to expand to lamb and pork.
Jack Wrangham Drone Ag, Northumberland JACK Wrangham founded Drone Ag in 2015 with the aim of building custom-made drone systems for advanced analytics. Insights gained along the way led him to develop Skippy Scout last year, designed to turn drones into easy to use, automated field scouting tools that saves farmers time. Field â€˜scoutâ€™ points are selected on the app and the drone will automatically fly to each point with the most efficient flight path. Detailed photos are then synced back to the userâ€™s phone and can be shared. The app is being developed in the UK, as well as being tested overseas and on the 1,483 acres of arable land his family manages with his two employees, they have significantly improved input efficiency. Drone Ag is also providing approved drone training courses on the best ways to use the technology on-farm, as well as developing artificial intelligence-based analysis which will analyse images Skippy Scout collects, diagnose issues and suggest action.
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Chris & Mark Acaster A&A Farm Services, Yorkshire
Chris (left) and Mark Acaster
A&A Farm Services is a two-man band. Chris and Mark Acaster are from a non-farming background and operate in what is a predominantly upland grass area, with some cropping. They manage to accommodate all their customers at busy times, by partnering with other reliable contractors, and thereby lowering their own overheads. The pair are firm believers in sharing the work fairly than battling in a price war for business, a situation where everyone loses, they say. Another string to their bow is helping customers with Rural Payments Agency claims, British Cattle Movement Service movements and other computer-based administration work. Dealing with these issues and changing fertiliser legislation drove them to start trading fertiliser and agricultural chemicals as well. Their motto of ‘nothing is too much trouble’ has served them well and they believe in taking time to visit customers on a regular basis, taking an interest in their businesses and having a positive attitude.
Robert Chapman Westover Farm Contractors, Isle of Wight ROBERT Chapman’s business has grown from father and two sons in 2006 to more than 10 full-time staff and an equivalent number of seasonal employees. While services cover all arable, livestock and dairy farm work, there are now two large anaerobic digesters on the island and about half of Westover’s business is now anaerobic digestion-related, including forage harvesting and digestate operations. This year the team will chop more than 60,000 tonnes of feedstock for the plants and a second forager, along with a self-propelled slurry tanker to increase their capacity, has been purchased. Regularly engaging with customers is an important part of the business and Robert and his staff are passionate about what they do and shows through their work. Robert is proud to have a waiting list for staff wanting to join the company and, as the only contractor on the island, have a range of kit to cater for all dairy, arable, livestock and equestrian customers.
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CONTRACTOR INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Neil Dallyn R.A. Dallyn & Sons, West Sussex NEIL Dallynâ€™s farm and countryside contracting business has grown organically over 20 years or more, offering all grassland work, cultivation, combining, fertiliser and chemical applications, fencing, digger work and general estate maintenance, plus labour supply. Expansion of the business has been focused on some of the smaller contracts, which at the time, larger operators did not want to take on. Such is the demand, Neil says they could double in size but he wants to keep true to his core loyal customers. From one tractor, there are now seven, from one truck to four, no digger to three, and from three self-employed business partners to an additional five full-time employees, four part-time and extra tractors and drivers as required. A keen ploughman, Neil initiated a bursary within the local ploughing association of which he is chairman, to help develop potential quality employees for the industry.
Thomas Robinson Robinson Agricultural Services, Devon THOMAS Robinson undertakes general agricultural contracting across Devon and Cornwall, but a significant part of the business is now the provision of spreading services for farm and other wastes. The firm, now with six full-time staff, has invested significantly in the best equipment to help farmer-customers maximise nutrient potential of waste, particularly poultry litter. It buys poultry manure, about 30,000 tonnes per year, then markets and sells it based on its true value as a fertiliser. Equipment includes spreaders with weigh cells, tractors equipped with GPS and, for slurry and digestate spreading, shallow disc injectors with GPS and flow meters. Thomas is FACTs-qualified and uses the knowledge and experience to advise customers on issues such as application rates. For example they spread bio-solids for South West Water, plus gypsum, paper waste and ground limestone. They use the same philosophy as with the companyâ€™s poultry litter spreading, so customers get the best value.
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The Goldie Family Craighead Country Nursery School, East Ayrshire
Left to right: Robyn, Elspeth, Michael and Blair Goldie.
ESTABLISHED on a beef and sheep farm, Craighead Country Nursery School was opened in July 2016 by Elspeth Goldie, who realised the local area was crying for out for a high quality children’s nursery. After travelling to Norway to view how they schooled their nursery aged children, some of that ethos was implemented at Craighead, including a log cabin-style unit being built. With 16 staff and more than 100 children coming to the nursery every week, the nursery enterprise has enabled Elspeth, husband Michael and his parents James and Fiona, to reinvigorate the core farming enterprise, which consists of an 80-cow Limousin and Simmental suckler herd and 150-head sheep flock. Elspeth, a qualified teaching professional and mum of two, has plans to open a ‘forest school’ where children can learn through being in an outdoor setting in some of the farm’s woodland.
James Helliwell H.J. Helliwell, Nottinghamshire WITH more than 450 acres of arable land owned by the Helliwell family, they are also a driving force in the world of model car racing, with a purpose-built track attracting thousands of enthusiasts from across the world every year to the Nottinghamshire countryside. A chance visit to a model car racing event in the car park of a local pub led James Helliwell to team up with a nearby racing club and adapt their old shooting site for model car purposes. Having been going for 30 years, he reinvested heavily back in to the track in 2010 and is hosting the European model car championships in 2020, with his ultimate aim being to host the world championships. He remains committed in facilitating thousands of people to meet at the racing venue. With two full-time and four part-time staff, there is a cafe, model car shop and indoor and outdoor arenas for the model cars to compete on.
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DIVERSIFICATION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (SMALL TO MEDIUM) SPONSORED BY
Barbara, Sam and Jo Smith Slapton Manor Farm, Northamptonshire
Barbara Smith with her daughters Sam and Jo.
A FAMILY-run business with a real love for agriculture, Slapton Manor Farm is run by Barbara Smith and her two daughters, Sam and Jo. With multiple revenue streams onsite, including a wedding venue, bed and breakfast accommodation, vehicle storage and a sheep enterprise, the Smiths use their location – near to Silverstone racetrack and business park - to their advantage. Initially converting a redundant farm building in to bed and breakfast accommodation in 2001, the business now has 14 rooms and an 86 per cent occupancy rate. The family gained the confidence in 2016 to look at using some of the farm buildings for outside events. Weddings and civil ceremonies can now be held in the old threshing barn or in marquees erected onsite, hosting one wedding a week during the season. They are almost fully booked for 2020 already. Despite diversifying, their focus remains the farm, and their 700-ewe flock, made up of pedigree Texels, Abermax and commercial lambs.
Martyn and Harry Steedman Mains Farm Wigwams, Stirlingshire
Martyn Steedman and his son, Harry.
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Helicopter glamping accommodation has taken flight for Martyn Steedman. When the Ministry of Defence began to decommission Sea King helicopters in 2016, he took a chance and purchased one for £40,000, converting it in to a five-person sleeping pod equipped with a wet room. The diversification journey started in 2002 when two wigwams were installed on the site. Today, the farm has 30 wigwams – 15 original and 15 deluxe with en-suites, with the Sea King helicopter adding a new dimension to the farm enterprise. Martyn, who runs 200 sheep and grows barley, has also purchased a Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer plane, which has a 76ft wingspan, and aims to have it converted for glamping in time for the 2020 season. Marketing through social media and elsewhere has been crucial, but the Sea King’s appearance on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces also provided hugely beneficial, generating overseas enquiries.
Tim Barton Wadswick Country Store, Wiltshire
Left to right: Carolyn, Tim and Alex Barton.
BEING flexible and open to new ideas is a good way to describe Tim Barton, who has been farming in Wiltshire for 52 years â€“ and started the diversification process 40 years ago. Wadswick Country Store launched in 1984 and more recently the farm has created a 5MW solar park, planted biomass crops, and launched a gun room and shooting simulator. The business is in the process of building a new cafe and restaurant to meet demand from the consumer base in a rural destination store. A big challenge for the farm is a push for online retail sales as the business attempts to hold on to customers. But the farm remains the core of the business and Tim says the family is looking at moving into robotics with a milking herd and bringing in the younger generation. They are also keen to work with other young farmers to supply the store.
Jason Borthwick Deepdale Backpackers and Camping, Norfolk
Left to right: Alister Borthwick, operations director Chris Haycock, and managing director Jason Borthwick.
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THE farm is the backbone of Jason Borthwickâ€™s diversification into camping as it provided the space and money to launch the site. It was the north Norfolk coastline that helped stem the idea behind diversification, with the campsite overlooking the harbour of Brancaster Staithe and being a hotspot for local tourism. After a short time leasing out the tourism facilities first set up by his parents, including a bunkhouse barn, campsite and backpackersâ€™ hostel, Jason took back the diversification in October 2016 and it is now more than two-thirds of the business turnover, with the 1,000-acre farm supported by its income. Staff are made to feel inclusive and paid a bonus for four- and five-star reviews on independent websites and social media. Other events include monthly gigs in a converted barn with original local artists and the annual music Deepdale Festival.
DIVERSIFICATION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE) SPONSORED BY
Rupert Evans Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe, Staffordshire
Emma and Rupert Evans
RUPERT Evans and his wife Emma moved back to the family farm after time in London and a desire to improve people’s access to fresh and local produce. In 2006 the couple converted the old dairy into a farm shop, using beef from the farm and hundreds of other local suppliers bringing in fruit, vegetables, meat and bakery items. The beef is used across many products in the butchery, deli and cafe and the couple enjoy being able to highlight the provenance to their customers. The farm side of the business has grown its beef herd to more than 200-head and now also has a small flock of sheep. Rupert says the farm shop and cafe have taken ‘a failing farm into a new generation’ and has provided huge opportunities for the farm to produce more for the shop. Ideas going forward include growing salads and vegetables and allowing customers to take an educational farm walk around the 90-acre site.
Charlie Fermor Perry Court Farm, Kent
Charlie Fermor and family
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CHARLIE Fermor is not your average innovator and his ethos to ensure everything is own-grown has helped the business achieve fantastic success. The self-funded journey focuses entirely on fruit and vegetable drying for healthy crisps, manufacturing children’s snacks, and producing ingredients for other companies stemmed from a surplus of apples on farm and the worry of waste. The business sees most of its ingredients go to produce fruit bars, and other fruit that does not make specification goes into the production of fruit pastes. But having very rarely come across a machine that will do the job in task, Charlie and his staff have to make their own. Charlie is also helping other local start-ups reduce waste along the food chain and the business became the first fresh food producer in the country to use compostable packaging. He is now looking at the possibility of an automated factory to meet the business demand for high-quality staff.
Katie Anderson Paddlesworth Produce, Kent WITH a background in marketing, Katie Anderson has hit the ground running with her farm business. She combines home-grown pork and eggs from her four-acre farm with produce from other local farmers to create popular breakfast, Sunday roast and barbecue boxes. Almost all of Katie’s sales are generated through social media channels, using Twitter to start conversations and meet commercial clients, and Instagram the key tool to show images of the produce, farm and producers. Facebook has been the most powerful tool in promoting her business and sales and she believes this is due to the social nature and recommendations between friends. There are also many groups which are relevant to her produce, such as ‘local food’ or ‘plastic-free’, where her target audience are all together on one page. Katie began her business to offer a service that was convenient for her customers and uses a simple online ordering system, which achieves just that.
Richard Heady Headys Farm, Buckinghamshire THE Heady family runs a 988-acre mixed farm, selling some of its lamb and beef to local customers, with the rest supplied to supermarkets via Dunbia. Richard Heady uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote the family business, as well as the British farming industry in general. He creates a host of videos to start discussions, share ideas, ask questions and help the farming community. Richard measures the success in his beef and lamb marketing by the increase in sales and through customer feedback. With a look to the future, he aspires to create a topical farming podcast, engaging with local farmers about current issues, with a hint of humour. He is currently taking part in ‘Just Farmers’ workshops, which help farmers tell their story to the media and give a better representation of agriculture to the public.
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DIGITAL INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Thomas Kitchen-Dunn Lamb2Ewe, Yorkshire LAMB2EWE was created by school friends Thomas Kitchen-Dunn and Jack Bostock. Thomas bought five sheep from Jack, a professional shepherd, to prove to his farming grandad there was still money to be made in farming. And he has succeeded. The business now offers a variety of different meats and pies and customers can build their own boxes online. The company’s commitment to animal welfare and guarantee of a 100 per cent non-religiously slaughtered meat has turned out to be a successful unique selling point. Facebook has played a huge role in growing the business, generating 75 per cent of its sales. The business recently opened a phone order system and added a link to Amazon, so people can use their logins to place an order. Thomas believes a key measure of success has been the re-order rate from customers, with 50 per cent of the company revenue generated from 30 per cent of customers.
Andy Venables Hillsgreen, Cheshire ANDY Venables’ experience from outside agriculture, where he worked as a commercial director at a digital marketing business, proved invaluable as he headed up the family’s farm diversification. Hillsgreen helps rural businesses of all sizes embrace digital marketing and associated technologies, and provides strategic advice to bring in new technologies to support growth. Andy simultaneously displays new digital techniques and innovative strategies on his own farm and with the diverse range of businesses the team works with around the UK. He has invested in a community initiative focused on marketing milk and promoting its health benefits, called Mission 4 Milk. A video of Andy calling on people to join the mission that was launched on social media has reached more than 63,000 people and encouraged hundreds to take part. Andy believes as a marketing business it is vital to stay up to date with new developments.
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Megan Hesketh Harper Adams University HELPING to shape the agricultural policy of the future is the focus of Megan Hesketh, who has impressed on her placement year at ADAS with her attention to detail and ability to solve complex problems, as well as her general attitude towards her work. Her proudest achievement is her contribution to research for a bid for a project working with Defra analysing the impact of the EU exit on the pesticide supply chain, then took on the role of field manager, collecting data, analysing it and contributing to the final draft and conclusions. Growing up on a small family farm in Lancashire, she is an active member of Parbold Young Farmers Club, holding the position of secretary, and is passionate about engaging the next generation of young farmers and local communities. She has been part of the events team for Yorkshire Provender, attending festivals and promoting quality regional food to the wider public.
Chris Lane Harper Adams University CHRIS Lane has taken every opportunity which came his way as a student, from hosting debates with senior industry figures at university to travelling to China as part of the International Buddy Scheme at Harper Adams. In his second year, he chaired the Harper Forum Society, inviting prominent names from the industry to speak to students and encouraged his peers to come along and listen. For his placement year, he received the Velcourt Arable Scholarship and, going forward, will be starting on its management trainee scheme in spring 2020, as well as travelling to Australia later this year to see the efficient farming systems. As the son of a working farmer, Chris has recently graduated with a 2:1 and is looking to bring his university experience back to the family farm, after writing his dissertation on the reasons behind farm diversification.
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AGRICULTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Aled Thomas Harper Adams University ALED Thomas has benefited from pushing himself outside of his comfort zone at university and in his extracurricular activities. Having graduated with a 2:1, Aled has developed a keen interest in vegetable growing from his degree after spending his placement at Puffin Produce. He is going to travel in February 2020 and wanted to look in detail at what the UK could learn from California and Holland on maintaining a continuous supply of fresh vegetables in the UK, while battling the climate. Outside university, Aled is a keen member of Young Farmers Clubs and has held numerous positions. He credits YFC to becoming an ‘outgoing, outspoken individual’ and hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is passionate about the Welsh language and won the Shwmae Award for promoting the Welsh language in the county of Pembrokeshire and throughout the YFC movement.
Josie Troop Harper Adams University JOSIE Troop is looking to gain experiences across the industry from farm to fork, with a keen interest in education and transparency. Josie comes from a small beef and arable farm, but was inspired to study agriculture by Young Farmers, which opened her eyes to the ‘world of agriculture careers’. This gave her a passion for opening up the same opportunities for others debating their career options at school to talk about agriculture in its many forms to pupils. She is also currently involved in the NFU, alongside having taken on many roles in Young Farmers. After university, Josie says she would like to be involved in the retailer side of agri-marketing, but is keen to gain experiences across the whole sector. She also wants to return to the family farm and bring its beef production ‘full circle’ with a butchers and farm shop selling directly to the public.
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Robert Clarke Shadwell Estate Company, Suffolk THE Shadwell Aberdeen-Angus herd was established in conjunction with Shadwell Estate Company as an additional grazing management tool. As herd manager, Robert Clarke takes pride in rearing and selling bulls and females for sale of the highest quality, working with pedigree and commercial breeders across the UK and beyond. A strong focus on achieving a disease-free and healthy herd has resulted in cows being free of BVD, leptospirosis and Johne’s disease level one. Robert takes pride in developing an excellent record of conception rates and live calves to cows and has tightened up the calving pattern from almost all year round to eight weeks in spring and six weeks in autumn. Bull sales have also increased from eight to 26 a year, with prices up to £20,000 off-farm. A breed judge at various shows, Robert also takes the lead on the estate’s show team and has enjoyed success after winning breed championship at the Stirling bull sales.
Richard Ingram Wiltshire College, Wiltshire RICHARD Ingram has proactively contributed to developing the farm business to enable students to get the full benefit of this commercially run college farm. Richard’s vision and development of the Lackham Limousin herd has resulted in winning a variety of awards at the Royal Bath and West Show and South West regional breed competitions for best medium herd. With a diverse range of beef enterprises to finish with three different breeds, Richard is constantly looking to improve each herd and attends various AHDB courses to enhance his knowledge. He will soon begin an apprenticeship in leadership and management. He also arranges all the practicals for the teaching staff on-farm and works alongside local farmers to develop good working relationships. Looking to the future, Richard is supporting the implementation of a robotic milking system to help ensure it is financially viable in all enterprises.
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FARM WORKER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
Claire Moore Camphill Village Trust, Yorkshire AFTER an 18-year break from the industry following the dispersal of her family farm, Claire Moore is now the agricultural lead across High Farm Social Care Farm. Spanning four farms and residential houses offering supported living for adults with learning disabilities, Claire oversees 300 acres of farmland, working with a suckler herd, pigs and turkeys. The bio-dynamic farm specialises in utlitising land and animals to support adults to gain experience and therapy from working in a supportive environment, and Claire is responsible for helping facilitate this delivery. Changes have been made to the farm system, including improved staff management, raised beds put in place for those with limited mobility, and improved safety in the working areas. Teamwork is central and she also supports the dairy and sheep units across the 600-acre site, relief milking when needed and helping during silage-making and other busy times.
Henry Robinson R.P. Worth & Son, Lincolnshire PROGRESSION is constant for Henry Robinson, who works on a 1,000-acre arable site on the regionâ€™s fens near Holbeach. Undertaking all harvesting operations, Henry strives to deliver a clean, high quality wheat sample and clean potatoes with a low bruising score, a figure he says rarely climbs to more than 20. Henry also oversees the ploughing of 800 acres, along with spraying and engineering duties. Keen to learn new technologies, he is actively involved with discussions both inside and outside the farm gate and ensures such technologies are set to their optimum operating levels. His observations and feedback have contributed to various on-farm investments, including improved security, updated equipment to allow faster repairs and better fabrication, and groundwork. Henry has turned his hand to fencing, bricklaying, welding and building, and helped the farm reduce costs and avoid the use of external contractors.
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Mark Emery Emery Farms, Somerset MARK Emeryâ€™s career in farming started on a pig farm with 500 sows before progressing to become a farm manager, running a 1,000-sow outdoor pig unit. A vision to run his own farm prevailed and, in 2006, he successfully bid for 106 acres of land in Somerset, with planning permission for a mobile home and one agricultural building. Mark and his wife Justine put in tireless work to get the unit to where it is today, focusing on calf rearing and establishing a range of buildings and facilities. Sadly, Justine was diagnosed with a terminal illness and, after she passed away in 2015, the family was determined to keep the dream together. Now 12 years in, the unit has six calf rearing sheds with the enterprise rearing about 4,000-4,500 calves each year. A nearby unit has since been taken on under a farm business tenancy, with staffing and equipment now used at both sites.
Nick Langston-Bolt & Lucy Eyre Langston Farm, Angus DETERMINATION and persistence are something Nick Langston-Bolt and Lucy Eyre have in droves, and has helped achieve getting their farming enterprise off the ground. Now rearing the Langston flock, it was only three years ago when the pair first got into the industry after vet Lucy bought Nick a birthday present of three pet lambs. Nick was working in recruitment at the time and was looking for a change in career, so in 2016 he began working on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Dundee, while continuing to increase sheep numbers. Nick gave up his job at the dairy last year and now works as a contractor with Tayside Forestry, while Lucy juggles her full-time veterinary role. Now lambing 140 Lleyns, they are providing a year-round supply of meat, selling across the UK, and have ventured into cattle and pig production to widen variety. Future plans include attending food markets and seeking more grazing to facilitate expansion.
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NEW ENTRANTS AWARD: AGAINST THE ODDS SPONSORED BY
Andrew & Aileen Marchant A. & A. Marchant, Dumfries & Galloway THE road to taking on Clonhie Farm in 2012 for Andrew and Aileen Marchant was paved with many challenges. With a shared ambition to farm independently, Andrew gained a degree in agriculture and worked up to a farm manager role on a dairy and beef unit, while Aileen worked as a secondary school teacher before they took on the tenancy. Their focus has been to grow the business, which runs across 750 acres and comprises 1,000 ewes, 30 cows and 150 hinds. Access to land and finance has been challenging and saw Andrew work off the farm for the first three years on local farms, shearing sheep and contract farming. Aileen continued her teaching job and the couple focused on growing their own business, while looking after their two young children. The farm remains first and foremost a business and, although it has to be due to some fairly impressive borrowings, they are determined to continue their success.
Andy Smith T.H. & J.P. Case, Somerset ANDY Smith began his farming journey at the age of 22, completing an National Diploma in agriculture at Sparsholt College before working as a shepherd in various counties. He entered into a share farming agreement three years ago, after approaching a local businessman and landowner and, in that time, has built up what was a flock of 300 ewes to 1,000, as well as buying 20 pedigree South Devon cattle. The business recently won the tender for a for a farm business tenancy on a neighbouring 120-acre farm. After losing his job and home three-and-a-half years ago, Andy sought out contract shepherding, which led to securing some land where he managed ewe lambs before embarking on his current business model. Andy enrolled at Bridgewater and Taunton College in September 2018 to study for an agricultural business degree. He aims to take on more land next year to begin growing cereals, with the goal of one day buying his own farm.
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The Dustow family Colwith Farm, Cornwall THE Dustow family have grown potatoes for more than 100 years on their 500-acre farm, currently run by three generations of the family: Clive, Mike and Chris. When faced with the loss of a major customer in 2014, they actively sought new customers, which comprises a range of Cornish pasty bakeries, fish and chip shops, which includes chef Rick Stein’s chain of restaurants nationwide, large processors and crisp-makers. In 2012, the family invested £250,000 in grading and cold storage facilities, which have since been expanded and allowed them to produce fresh chips directly on-farm. A further diversification, spearheaded by Steve Dustow, is the production of Cornwall’s first potato vodka, Aval Dor, which is distilled on-farm and recently crowned second best vodka in the world at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The family’s farm shop has proved popular and now markets other farmproduced products from the local area, as well as Colwith Farm potatoes.
The Marshall family Baddinsgill Farm, Scottish Borders BADDINSGILL Farm has been owned and run by the Marshall family for more than 100 years and heading it up is Gavin and Elaine Marshall, their son, also Gavin, and daughter, Laura, along with their partners. The farm covers 4,000 acres of category three hill land, which lies 1,000-2,000ft above sea level. The family runs a flock of 1,400 Scottish Blackface sheep and a fold of Highland cattle. In 2017, the family launched a website to sell Baddinsgill lamb nationwide after feeling at the mercy of fluctuating market prices. The younger members of the family are driving social media activity to sell the meat boxes, as well as addressing issues which affect farming and the sheep industry, with posts regularly reaching 10,000-60,000 people. The family wants to be open and transparent about how lamb is produced so consumers can attribute real value to the meat they eat and trust the farmers who produce it.
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FAMILY FARMING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
The Powell family Yazor Court, Herefordshire THE Powell family farm 970 acres across four farms in north Herefordshire. The partnership comprises Thomas and Cathy Powell, Thomas’ parents David and Geraldine, and his aunt and uncle, Ian and Alison. The farmed land comprises combinable crops, potatoes supplying McCain Foods and cider orchards contracted to Thatcher’s Cider Company. In 2017, the family began a venture with Avara Foods to build and run a 180,000-bird broiler chicken unit on-farm, heated by a ground source heat pump. Improving efficiency has been a significant focus and investment in precision farming has been at the forefront, including the application of variable seed rates and precision application of fertilisers and lime. These investments have facilitated expansion of another branch of the family’s business, contract farming. The Powells’ aim to provide a solution for families which do not have younger generations to take over the running of their farms, and those who do not have access to required machinery.
The Ross family Lawns Farm, Yorkshire FOLLOWING the milk price crash in 2014, the Ross family pooled its skills and diversified to protect its future. The 200-acre farm is home to an 80-strong herd of Holstein Friesian cows and currently three of the four Ross brothers – George, Chris and Anthony – work full-time on the family farm with fourth brother Laurence on-hand to help. Their father David also helps with tractor work and provides advice to the brothers. In 2014, the family decided to sell milk directly to the customer and invested in a dairy and bottling plant. It now supplies more than 400 customers. The family also opened a small farm shop which is run by Anthony, who is a trained butcher, selling the meat from their Longhorn cows and traditional British Lop and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. The family also hosts several events on-farm, including Farm Fest, a music festival which will take place for the sixth year later this year.
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FARMERS GUARDIAN FARMING HERO SPONSORED BY
Dr Jude Capper The 2018 Farming Hero was leading independent livestock sustainability consultant Dr Jude Capper who is passionate about the role of animal agriculture in sustainable food production. Her current research and knowledge exchange work communicates the global importance of livestock production, while also improving the understanding and knowledge of stakeholders. Dr Capper launched #Februdairy, a successful social media campaign to promote the role of UK dairy farmers and dairy products, following a growing backlash from animal activists presenting misleading messages to the public. It galvanised British dairy farmers and others within the industry to share positive, sustainable farming practices to dispel the negative food production myths hitting the headlines. #staystrongstu When 25-year-old farmer Stuart Ridley was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, the farming industry proved how it can be a formidable force. An international campaign under the hashtag #staystrongstu saw family, friends, Young Farmers, rugby
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This award was introduced to recognise an individual or group of people determined not to give up in the face of adversity and inspire change in others. We reflect on some of the previous initiatives which won the accolade.
teams, his local Hexham auction mart and rural communities far and wide demonstrating strength in numbers. Collaboratively working together they supported Stu and his family, raised thousands of pounds for charity and promoted health awareness. Speaking about the way farming comes together in times of adversity, which saw the campaign awarded the Farming Hero Award in 2015, auctioneer Chris Armstrong believes there is no greater industry. â€œIt really illustrates farming people for what we are: great characters with great resilience and great support between our own kind.â€? Cumbrian Flood Farm Action Group When Storm Desmond hit Cumbria in 2017, the county was left ravaged from 1.5 million litres of rain which caused the worst ever recorded
floods in the region. Farmers battled against nature to save their homes, livestock and forage. Representatives from the Arc Addington Fund, Cumbrian Chaplaincy, Cumbria Farmer Network, CLA, Farming Community Network, Federation for Common Land, Cumbria Commoners Association, Forage Aid, NFU and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution pooled their expertise and offered the farming community a one-stop shop to facilitate and advise their road to recovery. Their collective support included financial support, assessing the damage, lobbying for the Farming Recovery Fund and mobilising tonnes of forage to be delivered to the worst hit areas. â– The winner of the 2019 award will be announced during the evening.
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