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Northern Farmer Awards Success

Date: 22nd March 2017

Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop won the Askham Bryan College sponsored category, Outstanding Achievement Award at the Northern Farmer Awards last week.

Dr Tony Wilson of Askham Bryan College presenting the award to Simon Hare

Inspired by Simon Hare’s concerns over the rearing and sourcing of meat in the mass retail market, Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop has involved the diversification of a farm production system, the development of a committed family-based partnership and the establishment of a modern, well-run shop and café. Situated at Trees House Farm in the Hamlet of Brignall near Barnard Castle, the shop sources its meat from an organic beef shorthorn herd and rare pig breeds including Berkshires, Tamworths, Gloucester Old Spots and Mangalitsas to be crossed with an Oxford Sandy and Black Boar. This reduces food miles, limits the carbon footprint and shortens the supply chain adding value to the business. Having gone through full organic conversion the farm is accredited by the Organic Farmers and Growers. Further environmental in doing this, farmland habitats have been improved through the planting of hedgerows and developing more bird friendly environments. Technological advancements and enhanced data usage such as soil analysis to improve grass establishment and faecal egg counting to determine the clinical presence of endoparasites have facilitated the efficient use of inputs.

In this category, the judges were looking for those demonstrating an outstanding achievement in the agricultural industry. They wanted to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to farming and can show this by their success.

Dr Tony Wilson, HE Academic Lead at Askham Bryan College, said “the competition for the Outstanding Achievement Award this year has been extremely strong, but the deserved winners, Cross Lanes Farm Shop, is a fabulous example of how attention to detail in the supply chain from production through to retail can build a sustainable farm business based on organic principles”

The other finalists were Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, Bradford and Roots Farm Shop, Home Farm, Northallerton.

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