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Issue 15 | Spring 2009


Country Store makes its mark

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News........................... 4-9, 56 N&S Moorhouse...................57
Diary Dates..........................10 Farmstar........................ 58-59 Welcome
Showtime........................12-13 Gripple.................................61
Spring is definitely upon us now
Malton Auction Mart........14-15 Russells............................... 62 and I hope you are able to get out
Steven J Dresser.................. 65 and about doing jobs that are well
overdue to the bad weather we
Burn Fencing 17 Douglas.......................... 66-67 have had this Winter.
Askham Bryan College.....18-19 Limagrain............................ 68 This edition is packed full of positive
stories and we did this for a purpose!
Winn.............................. 20-22 MacGregor.......................... 69
We are fed up of hearing doom and
Escrick Park Estate.............. 23 Bramley......................... 70-71 gloom, credit crisis, redundancies
and the rest from the media so we
Neill............................... 24-26 Tim Gibson/Leggott..............72
believe it is nice to read some thing
Stenton................................27 Byass.................................. 73 more upbeat for a change.
Stephenson.................... 28-29 Breeds............................74-75 On another positive note we have
also attended many of the machinery
Cornforth........................ 30-34 Elliott............................. 76-77
shows which have taken place in
Managing Director/
Agri-Equest..........................35 Tyson............................. 78-79 the early part of the year and have
included them in this issue along
Simone Gallon Dent............................... 36-37 Gatenby......................... 80-81
with an extensive guide to this
Tel: 01274 610 101
Ashby.............................38-40 Glaves............................ 82-83 year’s show season. Farmersmart
is also both proud and pleased to
Mawson...............................41 Skelton................................ 84 be a silver sponsor at this year’s
Chris Berry Bentham Livestock Market... 42 Harold Woolgar................... 85 Driffield Show and for the first time
Tel: 0113 2643 645 we will be holding the UK Fencing
Robert Taylor & Sons...... 43-50 Cundalls......................... 86-87 Championship there as well. There is
Machinery....51, 60, 63-64, 89 Competition......................... 88 a good deal of prize money to give
Sales Manager/ away for 1st, 2nd and 3rd so email
SUBSCRIPTIONS Ripon Farm Services....... 52-55 Contractors......................... 90 or call me if you are interested in
Ben Walton entering the competition.
Tel: 01274 610 101
ben@farmers-mart.co.uk Our presence at the Great Yorkshire
show is doubled this year! We have
ADVERTISING Accounts booked another stand near the cattle
ManagerS ring as well as our regular stand
Grahame Kraft 653 so you have no excuse not to
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Nicola Robson This edition also contains our first-
Tel: 01274 610 101 ever eight page special for Robert
nicola@farmers-mart.co.uk Taylor and Sons. We are pleased
Feature Editors p76-77 p82 to have this exclusive story on their
150 years celebration, a massive
Chris Berry, Jennifer Mackenzie
achievement and we wish them
Ben Gallon, Rob Wilkinson
continued success for the future.
If you or anyone you know is
Christian Gallon
celebrating a major anniversary
Tel: 01274 610 101
please let us know and we will come
along to cover it.
Design Hope you have a great spring and we
Little Red Marketing Ltd will see you in the Summer.
The FarmersMart
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Bradford, BD10 9AX Simone
Tel: 01274 610 101 simone@farmers-mart.co.uk
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Outstanding FarmersMart
entrepreneurial & Fencing News
figure dies Shooting Day
Hermann Merschroth, Vice over the next four years.
President of the AGCO Corporation, The first ever Little Red Marketing held at the Brewers Arms in Snaith
He was characterized by high human
Spokesman for the Fendt shooting day was held on Friday – and we highly recommend the
qualities, straightforwardness, as
Management and President of the 6th March and happily, was a grub – it was fabulous!
well as great professional capabilities.
Agricultural Machinery Association complete success. The weather
Through his inventiveness and
in VDMA, 58, died suddenly and was great for early March and
enthusiasm, he was a driving force We look forward to next years
unexpectedly on 1 March 2009. after a long hard winter, the
in the company as well as the event and hopefully there will
sun beamed down with all the
His death means the loss of an agricultural engineering industry. be a few more faces present.
promise of an early spring. I’ts
outstanding personality for his For more information, Contact
hard to believe, but some of the
colleagues in management, the Ben Walton on 01274 610101
participants even picked up an
supervisory board, the works
unexpected touch of sunburn!
council and the employees at
Fendt. For over three decades, he It was held at Park Lodge Shooting
decisively shaped the development School outside Snaith, and an
and significance of the brand today. excellent turnout helped us raise
He made a major contribution £550 for the MacMillan Cancer
toward laying the foundation for Care and Support Charity.
the successful future of the Fendt We had regular shooters competing
brand, as well as the Marktoberdorf from Atkinson Fencing, Burn
and Bäumenheim locations. The Fencing and Jon Walker Timber,
last and largest project under his and the winner of the three-man
leadership just started recently. flush was our very own Yorkshire
The parent company, AGCO, will Generators (See pictured below).
invest some 172 million euros in
expanding the capacities at Fendt After a strenuous days shooting,
we all retired for a lovely meal

Simon Adams, Richard Ogden and Tom Bell

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CHARITY DRIVE Appointment of

OF A LIFETIME FOR new Principal
AGCO ENGINEER The Board of Governors of Harper Adams
University College has announced that Dr
David Llewellyn will succeed Professor Wynne
A 10-day, 1,200 mile drive by AGCO
employee, Richard Moore, across the Jones, OBE, as Principal from September 2009.
testing and diverse terrain of southern
India has helped in raising £300,000 Dr Llewellyn was chosen after an policy contributions to some of the
for two specific charities. exhaustive selection process, which most important issues facing global
attracted substantial interest from a society, including food production
One is The Rainbow Trust, which number of high calibre individuals. and climate change.”
provides practical and emotional help
to families in the United Kingdom who Dr Llewellyn said: ‘I am honoured
have a child with a life-threatening to have been asked to succeed
or terminal illness. The second is Professor Wynne Jones, whose
the Adventure Ashram project, an leadership of the institution has
educational and medical charity meant that Harper Adams now
delivering vital practical aid and has an enviable position within the
health support to remote Indian village higher education and rural sectors
communities. as a centre of academic excellence.
We have ambitious plans for the
Richard, who works as a technical support specialist within AGCO’s continued development of the
service department based at Abbey Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, University College, so that we can
achieved his magnificent fund-raising feat by taking part in the deepen our existing links with the
renowned Karma Enduro endurance rally accompanied by friend and land-based industries and enhance
co-driver, Chris Chapman. our reputation for high quality
Some 100 competitors from around the world took part in the teaching and an outstanding student
2008 Karma Enduro event, their entry fees raising a superb total of experience. Working with our staff,
£300,000, to be divided equally between the two charities. Although students and key stakeholders, I am
still some way short of its own financial target, the Karma Venture confident that we can make major
team is committed to raising its entire promised £8,500 donation and
is continuing to fund-raise via its website www.karmaventure.co.uk
and with the help of friends and colleagues.



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Making more of your

machinery & labour
Chris Berry talks with Ian Dawson of LMR Services Ltd
Machinery Rings first became not many other jobs where you get
popular in the UK around 25 years that sort of chance to look after
ago and one of the most successful your farmer members. The ring has
of those has always been the always done well and it is easy to
Lincolnshire Machinery Ring. see why. What I am bringing to it,
I hope, is a fresh approach - and
Today it trades under the title Labour
more business!’
Machinery Resources, handily
keeping up their LMR moniker. The That certainly seems to be the
ring is now amongst the largest in case. Within a short time of having
the country with 750 members and joined LMR Ian was quick to make
continues to offer a fantastic service his mark. ‘In the Summer of 2007 I
to farmers and non-farmers alike, checked the weather forecast on the
providing additional work for its Thursday morning before the floods.
members and bringing the reliability I felt that this was a ready-made
of farmers and their machinery to opportunity for our members who
a much wider world than purely had vacuum tankers. I rang North
looking after other farms. Lincolnshire County Council to
introduce us and offer our members’
Ian Dawson is the Business
services if they were needed. At 3
Development Manager for LMR
o’clock on that Saturday afternoon
Services Ltd which has built an
I received a call back to ask us to
enviable reputation for providing
help urgently. The first tankers were
all manner of skills and services
there by 6.30pm. We had a number
to the whole of Lincolnshire and
of vacuum tankers there day and
beyond the county. He has been important part of any contract.’ There is no faulting LMR at present.
night for a week.’
involved with the agricultural world And there’s more news to come -
throughout his career, working for Since that time other work has It is all part of LMR’s forward
watch out in the Summer edition of
farm contractors, seeds companies come the way of the ring through thinking strategy that sees them not
Farmers Mart for even more exciting
and The Arable Group, the largest Ian’s on-going contacts with the only utilising the ring for and with
news, which we just couldn’t bring
independent trials company in the council and other organisations. agricultural people but also working
you as we went to press!
UK. He’s a Lincolnshire man through Several machines and labour were well with others in all forms of
and through, and his career seems commissioned to prepare the new discipline. When you are purchasing
to have been ideal preparation for events arena adjacent to the Pleasure machinery or learning new skills you INFORMATION:
the role he now enthuses over. Island theme park in Cleethorpes always want to be able to make the LMR SERVICES LTD
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shouldn’t it be? I have so many behalf of the ring’s members. Tel: 01507 600888
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wonderful workers at my disposal, Mob: 07903 323212
people who really know their ‘We are also now on the approved Networking events, training
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Paul Temple quits preparing to

top level post have A fling
East Riding farmer and NFU Vice
President, Paul Temple, has stepped
Sheffielders are preparing to have highland beef, the organizers are
down from his post. Widely-tipped
a fling - a Highland Fling, that is. optimistic that more highland cattle
by many to reach the top job in the
Graves Park will stage the event on classes will enter.
years to come Paul took up the Vice
May 3rd and 4th, the family event
President’s role in 2006. Activities also on offer will be a
organized by Sheffield City Council
variety of knockout games, a craft
He survived a three-pronged and sponsored by Real Radio.
tent, shire horse cart rides and
challenge to his position only last
The idea for the Highland Fling was dry stone walling will compete for
year. A consummate professional
inspired by the Highland cattle which visitors’ attention alongside a dog
who holds a number of high profile
took up residence at Graves Park’s agility show, falconry displays, show
positions in the industry, particularly
rare breeds centre over 30 years jumping, and traditional fairground
amongst the Biotech sector and with
ago. The animals, rare at the time, rides.
Farmway, he has recently issued a the officeholder team but understand
remain just as popular with visitors
statement through the NFU. and respect his decision and would Last year more than 15,000 people
today – and the Scottish theme has
like to thank him profusely for the turned out to enjoy what was one of
‘Due to a combination of personal been developed to bring together a
work he has carried out on behalf Sheffield’s most successful major
and business circumstances I require host of attractions.
of the NFU.’ events.
a period of time at home. Because
Incorporating many agricultural
of this I feel that I cannot give the Event coordinator Bob Worm added:
issues, the two day event is focused
time and commitment necessary to Paul Temple operates a “This year we are going to add
on public interest and will include
carry out the role and it is with great tenanted mixed arable and some new attractions for children
a sheep-shearing competition, a
regret that I am standing down.’ beef family farm near Langtoft that are free to use, while keeping
sheep-dog demo and a highland
on the Yorkshire Wolds. the admission price the same as
NFU President Peter Kendall said: ‘I cattle show. The animals will be
last year.”
am extremely sorry to lose Paul from paraded inside a ring which is
offering banner space at around £50
a day. For more information
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Yorkshire POWER FROM

members on East Coast farmer John Hepworth
gives his view

awards trail

Where I farm, very close to the Drax Power Station and other green
North Sea, I grow eucalyptus burners are crying out for wood
trees, as well as hybrid poplars chip logs and biomass, so how
and Swedish willow, and as an do we persuade farmers to plant
energy provider they are proving now? How I wish Natural England
very effective. would channel their money into
establishing woodland grants rather
Yorkshire members of Farm Stay business at Wold Cottage, Wold The yield they have been achieving
than hosting yet more conferences.
UK are seeking to build on their Newton, Driffield, qualified for has averaged over 6 tonnes per
success in the tourism awards the Guest Accommodation of the acre which has impressed me. Wet They really must encourage more
arena this year – backed by a Year category. summers and even wetter winters farmers to grow more trees. They
call to action from their regional have created a good opportunity to use up more water in order to grow
In the Access for All section, grow eucalyptus trees particularly, than any other crop. Given Natural
two finalists were Angela Foster, which uses up the entire water, and England’s recent forecast of wetter
It follows a strong performance of Field House Farm Cottages, makes a wonderful environment weather and flooded fields why
in 2008 – the milestone 25th Sewerby, Bridlington, and Diane for birds, takes up to 5 tonnes of are they not realising the potential
anniversary of the Yorkshire Stenton, of East Hill Farm House carbon per acre and provides 60 that exists in the power of our
region of Farm Stay UK, the and Lodges, Thornton-le-Dale, tonnes per acre of wood to burn woodlands.
country’s largest network of Pickering. over 10 years.
farm-based accommodation
Angela and John Foster have
seven four and five-star
Val Leeming, of Bay Tree Farm,
Aldfield, Ripon, was a finalist in
cottages, while Diane Stenton
runs four pine lodges and a “What to Grow in 2009”
the Friendliest Landlady category furnished farmhouse divided into Swedish willows, hybrid poplars and the FASTEST yield of
of the AA’s National Tourism apartments. All properties are wood on the planet eucalyptus.
Awards for the fourth time. rated four-star.
“To get some recognition after
The four ladies, buoyed up
a quarter of a century is most
rewarding,” she said
by their awards success last YOU MUST BUY NOW
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North Sheep 2009 GREAT YORKSHIRE

IN lancashire SHOW 2009
There are few other dates in setting for International Show
the farming diary that attract Jumping and a World-Class
as many farming people and Cattle Parade - and this year,
members of the general public FarmersMart will be setting
as does the Great Yorkshire up an extra stand for Fencing
Show, which is set to take place News, a short distance away
on Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 from the Cattle Ring. The new
July 2009. stand will expand on our other,
regular stand, which is number
The Great Yorkshire Show is
653, and which we have held
one of the North’s leading
now for five years.
agricultural event and is held on
the 250-acre Great Yorkshire
Showground on the edge of the Tickets can be bought
spa town of Harrogate. online in advance at the
fair price of £18 for an
2009 will be the 151st
Adult, £8 for a Child,
Great Yorkshire Show and as
£16 for Concession and
always will be a celebration
£47 for a family ticket.
of agriculture and country life.
The National Sheep Association NSA North Sheep organisers are The site is filled with animals, Ordering Line:
northern region’s biennial one day also reflecting their firm commitment country demonstrations, have- 01423 541 222
event, NSA North Sheep 2009 will towards encouraging all students a-go activities and the Great
be staged on Wednesday, 3 June at and youngsters involved in practical www.greatyorkshireshow.com
Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show.
Laund Farm, Chipping, Preston by sheep management activities by Plus there’s fashion, rural crafts
kind permission of John Stott and staging the first ever NSA North and shopping!
family. The event’s major sponsor is Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year
Novartis Animal Health. Award. Shearing and stock judging The Main Ring is the hub of the
will also feature among the day’s Show - providing a wonderful
The 16th technical event of its
kind, NSA North Sheep 2009 will
be building on its previous success “We are delighted to return the
with a crowd of more than 6,000 event to Lancashire, a major sheep
and 180 trade stands. The event producing county, for the first time
will focus on the way ahead for the in more than a decade,” says event
British sheep industry as its gears up chairman and Farmer of the Year,
to the challenges and opportunities John Geldard. “NSA North Sheep
for the years ahead. will provide the opportunity to
discuss a range of issues focused
The event will be officially opened
on how producers can improve their
by shadow agriculture minister,
business efficiencies in an attempt
Jim Paice MP, after which
to achieve sustainability.”
political, marketing, technical
and environmental issues will be
discussed and debated at series of Further information from
seminars to be held throughout the NSA North Sheep 2009
day, along with a lunchtime question organiser, Julie Sedgewick
time. In addition, a seminar is being on 01388 664496;
staged for all exhibitors to discuss
export opportunities.

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Driffield Show – A date to remember

This summer, the long traditions
of The 134th Driffield Show, are
set to be continued in the most
appropriate manner by the Driffield
Agricultural Society.
The Driffield Agricultural Show,
which will take place at the usual
venue (Driffield Showground, East
Yorkshire) will fall on Wednesday
22nd of July 2009. It is one of
the biggest one-day agricultural
shows in the country, and visitors
to the event are sure to enjoy all the
traditional features of an English
agricultural show with the many
added attractions of quality trade
stands and retail outlets.
Driffield Agricultural Society relies
on a range of well-renowned
sponsors from within the agricultural
field and this year, we at Fencing
and Landscaping News and farmers to professional contractors. constantly looking at new ideas and rural and urban communities. Big
Farmersmart will proudly be a Silver I am looking forward to the Fence enough to offer a fun and full day out
Driffield Show has moved on to
Sponsor. As we were bronze last Contracting Competition becoming for all the family and small enough
meet the challenges of 21st century
year, this is no doubt a progress and a major attraction this year and for to have a friendly atmosphere; it is
farming and, while other shows have
we are hopefully looking forward to many more.” surely a must on the calendar.
to some extent moved away from
getting our hands on gold next year. their rural roots, Driffield Show has The show has always taken place
The show will also welcome the retained its agricultural backbone. at the Driffield Showground, in the Contact for Tickets
Yorkshire & North of England Fence midst of July, and with a five year – memberships
David Tite of Driffield Agricultural
Contracting Competition for the first average footfall of 22,000 people, 01377 257494
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time, and it is anticipated that there the show offers a maximum impact www.driffieldshow.co.uk
addition to the show. “We are
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Northumberland Beef Expo 2009

County Show The Three Counties Showground
at Malvern in Worcestershire is
– the National Spring Spectacular
for continental and native breed

Tynedale Rugby Club,

the venue for the National Beef pure and cross-bred beef cattle with
Association’s annual flagship a prize pool of £4700, a show of

Corbridge, Northumberland. event, Beef Expo 2009, on

Thursday, May 21.
pedigree calves, again open to both
continental and native breeds, and
May Bank Holiday - May 25th 2009 The UK’s national beef event
a young handlers cattle presentation
competition for youngsters aged 14
attracts thousands of beef farmers
– 20 years of age.
The Northumberland each year. Adopting the theme,
County Show is the “Beef Up Your Returns”, the event The cost of admission to Beef
first of the seasons will follow the successful format Expo is £10 (£5 for NBA members
agricultural gatherings developed in recent years and will applying for tickets in advance and
and the regions largest include an extensive trade stand free of charge to juniors under
such event showcasing area, beef breed demonstrations 16 years of age) and £34 for the
the farmer, the producer and educational and advisory conference and dinner or £5.75 for
and the rural business exhibits focusing on both beef from the conference only. Prices include
whilst creating a fun the suckler herd and beef from the VAT. Costs for the farm tour will be
day out for all the family dairy herd. available shortly.
with plenty to see and On the day before the event Full information and an
experience. – Wednesday, May 20 – visitors application form for tickets can
Throughout the day will have the opportunity of visiting be viewed on the Beef Expo
judges award rosettes and trophies The RAF Falcons Parachute Display leading Herefordshire farms web site – www.beefexpo.co.uk
to all manner of beasts; from the Team who tumble from a great followed by a two hour beef – or by contacting the organiser,
heavyweights in beef cattle to the height and swoop gracefully onto the conference addressed by top Euan Emslie, at 3 Briar Close,
featherweights in poultry and all showfield at the end of the day. industry figures starting at 4.00pm Newport, Brough, East Yorkshire.
the familiar and traditional breeds and the pre-event dinner in the HU15 2QY. Tel: 01430 441870.
of sheep including the popular evening. Fax: 01430 448432.
Zwartbles, goats, dairy cows, heavy Mob: 07718 908523. E-mail:
A major feature of this year’s event
horses with the more unfamiliar Ticket information will be three livestock competitions
alpaca, in between. Judging reaches
10% discount on advance
its pinnacle with the Grand Parade
tickets from: Ticket hotline:
mid afternoon and the Champion of
0845 230 5177 and online at
Champion award this year sponsored
by the Tangerine Group and judged
by Ms. Kay Thompson of Bishop Full day admission: Adults £10
Auckland. The Shearing competition OAP £6 Children 4-16 £2.50.
attracts an almost full to capacity Family tickets: £25 Tickets
audience as does Cumberland bought on show day at gate
& Westmorland Wrestling. The – Cash Only.
successful milking display with a Free car parking.
fully working milking parlour, will be
on as busy as ever on the day. Tynedale Agricultural Society,
c/o Hexham Auction Mart,
This years star attractions include Tynegreen, Hexham NE46
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malton auction mart

Fantastic turn-out AT Malton

Chris Berry takes a belated look back at last year’s Christmas
Fatstock Sale in the North Yorkshire town
With the proverbial sword of
Damocles hanging over its future in
the town centre Malton Livestock
Market was still the place to be
for their renowned CHRISTMAS
FATSTOCK SALE in December.
Over 300 farmers, buyers and
sellers congregated for what was
an excellent occasion.
James Stephenson of Malton
Livestock Auctioneers was on hand
and explained just how far back the
Christmas Fatstock tradition goes:
‘It’s way back before my time - over
100 years, when farmers who were
bringing their stock into market at
Christmas as they would have done
every week started competing with Happy Days at Malton - (L to R) Steve Stonehouse, Ian Raines,
each other for prizes. These eventually Show winners Wendy & Mark Bulmer, Edward Mackley & James Stephenson
became a formal competition and
today we have a wonderful array of
Christmas Fatstock shows all around been an outstanding show of cattle Scarborough was handling the beast the battle is under way but it isn’t
the livestock markets in Yorkshire. and today’s winner was a wonderful for him in the ring. All of our local won yet. As far as the auctioneers
Every one of them is unique to that heifer produced by Graham Nutt butchers were here too. In Ryedale are concerned they would genuinely
area and here at Malton we have of Driffield. He is an outstanding and especially Malton we’re very very much like to see the market
some of the best stock in the county feeder of cattle in the area and has lucky in that we do have a lot of continue - whether we continue
coming out of Ryedale. Today has a wonderful eye for them. Andrew support from them. Being a rural here may not be possible but we
based community there are a lot definitely want to find a home for it.
of butchers shops still left and they It’s the last market in Ryedale and it
MART OFFICE: have a really strong eye for stock.’ would be a tragedy if it went.’
Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart
The champion was bought by Andrew Mark and Wendy Bulmer had the
Thirsk Rural Business Centre, Blakey Lane
Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3AB Radford of Sleights, but also present best home-bred heifer on the day
Tel: 01845 523165 Fax: 01845 526604 were Brian Glaves of Brompton, and Mark told of how long they have
Frankie Turner of Rillington and a been coming to Malton’s Christmas
www.thirskmarket.com number of other local butchers. Fatstock Sale: ‘We’ll have done
e-mail: thirskauction@btconnect.com it for between 10-15 yrs. It’s all
‘The Christmas Fatstock Sale always
about making the most of what
generates a lot of interest,’ says
you’ve produced and showing your
EVERY THURSDAY James. ‘That’s because Ryedale
stock to their best of your ability.
WEEKLY DEDICATED SLAUGHTER SALE farmers are natural stockmen and You also get a little bit of premium
300 prime pigs & cast sows @ 8.30am they love to see good animals so at the Fatstock shows. We had
1500 prime sheep & cast ewes @ 9.00am
it draws them in like a magnet at some very good competition in Mr
550 prime cattle & young bulls @ 12 noon
(preceded by OTM cattle & cows) Christmas time. Nevertheless during Nutt today. He really does produce
All stock must be CLEAN & TAGGED rest of year we are still very busy. great stock.’
Here in Malton it is not only a centre
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY OF THE MONTH for selling animals it is also a centre Butcher Frank Turner of Rillington
FORTNIGHTLY SALE OF STORE STOCK for the farming fraternity to gather was buying around the ring and in
SALE OF STORE & BREEDING SHEEP as forward @ 1.30pm up, exchange views and have a bit good form out of it: ‘I’ve been in
of conversation with like-minded the butchery world all my life like
Usual selection of Cast Cows, Young Bulls & Store cattle. See website for dates. my grandfather before me. We’ve
been butchers since 1905. I used
EVERY 1ST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH @ 10.30AM As for the future location of the to go to Seamer Market but then
MONTHLY COLLECTIVE SALE OF MACHINERY, FUR & FEATHER market James was reasonably started coming to Malton. The stock
Over 200 lots of fur & leather. Entries on day of sale 7 - 10am. upfront. ‘We’re at a fairly delicate
Usual wide ranging selection of Agri-goods, Builders and Farm equip, workshop &
is always very good here and it was
stage at the minute. We’re subject brilliant today. They’ll all have had
gardening requisities, Timber etc.
Entries taken on Friday before sale 10am - 5pm. to an estate lease which expired last most of these cattle selected early on
April and we’ve been trying to put and they’ll have been showing them
ORTNIGHTLY ALTERNATE TUESDAYS TO STORE SALES @ 5 PM in place some security for its future all Summer. The good ones always
FORTNIGHTLY SALE OF FURNITURE, ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES until we find a suitable site within come on about now so we can get
Clean Double & Single Beds, Suites & Modern Furnishings, over 1000 lots of quality goods the town boundary, which is what them in the shop before Christmas.
Also usual collection of collectables, brassware, glassware, pottery, pine effects, nearly new the planners want. They don’t want It’s usually a good advertisement if
furniture. Antiques, Furniture & Collectable entries 12 noon to 5pm Monday day before sale.
us to be in the centre, but they do you’ve a prize ticket. We buy some
Viewing from 12 noon on day of sale
want us to be within the bypass if good cattle from here every week
possible and we need to get some and we make sure we have the
Full and partial house clearances. See website for dates. enabling funding for that, which is all tickets up. I do generally buy from
on-going. We’re fairly confident that

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malton auction mart

Cattle handler Andrew Scarborough leads

Graham Nutt’s prize winning beast at Malton

the same people - the good feeders, is totally different to town trade. We quality, but he doesn’t believe in
that’s what it’s all about, having them have a totally different customer. I being over-excessive. For more information visit
well fed. From my point of view I’m look for that little bit of good finish, The Cattle Market, Malton,
‘We aren’t any dearer than a
looking for something with a little bit something that tastes right, maybe a North Yorkshire YO17 0JN
supermarket really but it’s quality,
of fat on rather than being leaner, good Aberdeen Angus.’ Telephone: 01653 694905
we’re looking to serve that lady one
little heifers that are well finished
Frank also believes that price isn’t week & we want her back 51 times
and well covered. The country trade
everything. People will pay for at least during the rest of the year.

FarmersMart Spring 2009 15

michael fenBy

Getting stoned at the coast

Chris Berry talks with Michael Fenby - farmer turned stone-man
Herringbone, parallel punch and
Michael Fenby’s herringbone stone
sparrow pecks - we’re talking stone
here, and Michael Fenby, up on
North Yorkshire’s coastline just three
miles south of Robin Hood’s Bay is a
man who knows his stone.
At his base, where he used to farm,
there is all manner of stone, bricks
and timber - and with good reason.
House renovations are big business
and keeping them in the style of
when they were first built is now a
very real art form.
stone to match existing stone.’ accurately.’ Michael pays tribute to his team of
‘People want stone, bricks and timber
six men who work extremely hard for
that is in keeping with individual eras. Michael will do everything he can to There are so many different types of
In the 1960s, 70s and 80s anything achieve the complete match. stone, and Michael tells of the stone
would do. You would go down to your used in buildings being very different ‘They are a tremendously dedicated
‘We were recently asked to supply
local hardware store and get anything from Whitby to Ebberston, and and skillful team and work very well
the stone for a house extension in
to patch up your property. That’s Snainton to Helmsley. When Michael together.’
Gilling, near Helmsley and our client
no longer the case. Today it has to first started out in stone, bricks and
informed me that he had been to six He has no regrets about finishing
match, to suit what is already there. timber most of his work would come
different stone yards unsuccessfully with farming, which he did in 2000.
Owners are getting more and more from farms but the ratio has altered
in trying to find the stone we could
passionate about what they want and considerably in recent years. ‘I’d always wanted to be a farmer,
cut and tool to match. We also
we have developed a great reputation but I used to put up a lot of farm
looked after a chapel in Ayton which ‘Just five years ago it was still
for not only finding such as the kind buildings too. I was going to get rich
wanted to extend its premises. It was predominantly farmers who we would
of stone they need, but also crafting it by the time I was 40, but that didn’t
built around the 17th century and work for, but now it is much more the
into the style they need. The popular happen. We had 120 suckler cows
we managed to retool the stone we residential market we look after.’
thing at the moment is tooling up the here and I was dead jammy. I sold out
located in Hexham to match it up
One of Michael’s biggest jobs in in October 2000, just a few months
recent times has been for Gerald before Foot and Mouth. I sold at the
Carter (who was featured in our last top of the tree.’
Everyone always says you should put
‘We supplied the oak flooring, oak your money into bricks and mortar.
beams, oak-farmed windows, stone Michael’s gone one step further - he’s
heads and sills for Gerald, and put himself into bricks, timber and
dressed them for him too.’ stone. He’s well worth a visit if you
want the right thing in keeping with
Bricks-wise Michael bought 40,000
your property!
from Liverpool last year. These
weren’t your normal, current day
bricks though. They were more akin For more information contact
to Coronation Street type properties. Michael J. Fenby
Windhill Farm, Robin Hood’s Bay
‘They are a good coloured brick which
Whitby YO22 4QL
we then cut down to 2 ½ inch bricks
01947 880702 / 01947 880419
for Tudor-type houses. We soon get
Web: www.mjfenby.co.uk
through them though, as you easily
use between 8-10,000 bricks on a
decent extension.’

16 FarmersMart Spring 2009

burn fencing

Massive investment sees new

fencing store open in Balne
Chris Berry talks with Richard Walker
At a time when recession is being has brought about a feeling of their own market place as a result anyone’s fencing needs and our aim
uttered nearly every hour from optimism, despite the general air is Burn Fencing Supplies, situated is to be a one-stop shop for everyone
some television screen or radio of despondency that you feel if you at West End Farm, West End in who wants any type of fencing. The
programme it is heartening to listen to the news for too long. Balne, near Goole, where Richard additional items we stock include not
see businesses in the agricultural Walker has just opened up his brand just the fencing, posts, rails and gates
One of those companies who seem
industry who are pushing forward, new £400,000 warehouse and but also the ancillary items such
to have bucked the trend and are
and being successful. Better prices offices selling everything a farmer, as rabbit netting, deer netting and
now investing even further into
for livestock in recent months equestrian enterprise, smallholder or badger netting, as well as barbed wire
fencing contractor needs. and any other smaller or larger item
that suddenly becomes necessary.
It was Richard’s father, Brian, who
When you are new to fencing you
started the business back in the village
don’t realise everything that you are
of Burn in1975 and now runs to a
going to need, but that’s where we
staff of 30 including sub-contractors.
can help. We have been there and
‘There are still some people who
done that, and we know that we
think that’s where we are based but
can offer just what will be needed.
we came here 13 years ago,’ says
Our team here has such a wealth
Richard, who started in the business
of experience that we can usually
working on the manufacturing and
advise on any aspect of fencing
contracting side.
requirements. We’re also dead easy
Burn Fencing also operates a to find and we guarantee that we will
separate and hugely successful have thought of everything that will
fencing contracting business. Over be needed. Our favourite phrase is
the years they have won lucrative that ‘we sell everything you need to
contracts which have seen them keep stock in and vermin out ‘’.
working for farmers, high-security
In the next couple of weeks Richard
conscious companies, the highways
will also be launching the brand new
agency and for local authorities.
Burn Fencing Supplies brochure
‘It doesn’t matter what is needed, we which will highlight all of the products
handle all types of fencing from timber that are available.
to steel, including the manufacture of
‘Our target markets cover every
gates for agricultural fencing and the
aspect of the fencing world and we
full range of steel fencing. Razor wire,
are confident that no matter whether
barbed wire, 358 mesh, welded
we are looking after a farmer,
mesh and chain link fences are all
smallholder, contractor or residential
part of what we do.’
property owner, we will have what
But it is the new warehouse store they need. Why not try us out. I’m
and offices, built on their existing site 100% certain that you won’t be
at Balne, that really excites Richard disappointed.
at present. They are firmly moving
into an arena where he believes they
already have distinct advantages over For more information contact
their competitors. BURN FENCING SUPPLIES
‘There is really easy access just West End Farm
two minutes off the A19 and close West Ens, Balne
to junction 34 of the M62. Because Nr Goole, DN14 0EH
of our contracting background and Tel: 01302 708706
knowledge of the fencing business Mob: 07710 010643
we know exactly what to stock for

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Every one’s a Winn-er!

Chris Berry finds out about L & J Rosettes
It really doesn’t matter whether the before I had Ben, but when Lucy
Winns do as their name suggests at went to secondary school in
sales and shows any more because September I felt that I wanted to do
they’ve enough rosettes to award something that meant I was not sat
their stock and horses several of at a computer. I didn’t really want
them each and every day of the to do accounts again at the moment
year! as I’d done that since leaving work.
I thought it would be nice to do
That’s because here at Low Farm,
something completely different and
Whixley, just off the A59 between
saw a rosette business advertised
York and Harrogate, Jayne Winn
for sale. Richard and I didn’t end
has recently begun her own sideline
up buying from the man who was
making rosettes - and sashes too.
selling it but we did buy equipment
Jayne is married to Richard and the from him and he helped us get up
couple’s farming operation runs to and running. We’ve only been going
some 450 acres both at Whixley as L&J Rosettes since September,
and Roecliffe, near Boroughbridge, but we’ve already made a good
where they used to farm before start in building up our client base.
taking on Low Farm in 2000, which
I’m currently making 40-50 a week
was previously a council farm.
and that only takes one day. I’m
She’s busy enough it seems anyway, not stockpiling because I did that
with a family to look after including at first but wasn’t happy at how
son Ben and daughter Lucy, hunting the rosettes looked when they were
with the York & Ainsty, and clerking first made compared to when I was
for the parish council. So why take sending them out three weeks later.
on something else? The ribbon had flattened down a
Jayne Winn
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Richard and Ben Winn

“IT would be really nice for LUCY to

be presented with a winning rosette
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that was one of ours!” t et
Pa RichardAre&proud to have the privilege of supplying
Jayne with quality Dales Beef Store Cattle
good as I would have liked. Now have, when receiving one. And thank them for supporting their local market
everything is the way I would like it
‘It takes so much time and effort
to be when it leaves us.’ Sales take place on Saturdays at 12.00 noon
to go to a show, get your pony out,
Fortnightly Sales of Beef Store Cattle, Cull Cows & Young Bulls
Being involved with stock and get it prepared and everything else
horses the Winns have done as that goes with it. So when you Weekly fat stock collection centre
their name suggests many times win a rosette you want something Prime Lambs, Ewes & Cattle required to meet demand
and have picked up their fair share really nice because you feel you’ve For Sale dates apply: Auction No. 01423 712032
of rosettes. Jayne is now more worked hard for it.’ David & Judy Middlemiss 01423 755278
conscious than ever of the quality (T/A Sawley & District Auction Mart Ltd)
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colourful and unique star rosettes. Jayne believes the rosette making
business is a useful addition to the
The market Jayne has entered into
farm - and it has brought about
may not be saturated although it is
other products too.
keen and competitive, but she is
determined to maintain quality no ‘It’s not all farm and horse business
matter what. we do either. We have pulled in
a lot more custom through our
‘I’ve very much stuck to my guns
website. Printed sashes are very
over printing good quality rosettes
popular, particularly for such as
and we have just bought a printer
hen parties. Most livestock shows
that prints directly from the
in the south of England now also
computer on to the ribbon. It’s a
give a sash as well as a rosette to
top of the range model and gives a
all of their winners too. Then there
really nice finish to ribbon printing.
are election campaign rosettes. We
We can get any colour of ribbon, and
also print competitors’ numbers
we have 100s of colours available
and prize cards also.’
including of course all of the colours
you need for the respective placings And Lucy is involved too. She’s the
at shows.’ L in L&J Rosettes and Jayne tells of
her being very arty.
Richard helps out with the ribbon
pleating machine when he’s not out ‘Lucy helps make and design them.
looking after either the arable or What would be really nice would
livestock side of their mixed farm, be for her to be presented with a
which includes 250 acres of arable, winning rosette that was one of
growing wheat, barley, fodder beet, ours!’
stubble turnips and maize. They
lamb around 330 ewes which are
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Low Farm, Starra Field Lane,
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escrick park estate

Hebridean influence at Escrick

Chris Berry talks with Helen Pentith & Tango Fawcett
Escrick Park Estate is one of ever before.
Yorkshire’s real hidden gems.
One of their most successful exploits
Over its 8000 acres it contains
in recent times has been their flock
the beauty of the White Rose
of Hebridean sheep. They’re down
county’s lowlands, combining the
in numbers presently, but with good
wild Skipwith Common, exclusive
reason, as Helen explains:
holiday homes, tenanted farms and
some excellent ‘out-of-the-way yet ‘Our flock was up to 900 at one time,
close enough to major roadways’ but it is now around 250. Hebrideans
commercial premises. Everything are recognized as a rare breed, so
about the estate exudes taste. we felt it important to enhance the
breed genetic pool, which cannot
Charles Forbes Adams’ family has
be done with unregistered animals.
been here for three centuries and the
We have been selling Hebridean
estate seems well geared up for the
meat through the internet and to
future, embracing both conservation
local people. The hogget (older than
and environmental concerns whilst
lamb, as it is a slow maturing breed)
at the same time ensuring it is well shepherd John Atkinson. Tango tells The flock lambs in May. John
has done particularly well as it is
positioned to attract the business of how the Hebrideans have assisted (Atkinson) sometimes shows them
tasty, tender and succulent. It also
that will allow it to remain that way. in that on-going management. at the Great Yorkshire Show, as
appeals to those who are looking
well as undertaking a great deal of
The timber lodge holiday park, to buy naturally reared meat. It’s ‘They were brought in because the
sheepdog training.
Hollicarrs, took its first breath three quite a specific market place but Common was getting over-run with
years ago and is hailed a massive once people try it they usually silver birch and scrub. Hebrideans ‘The Hebrideans are renowned for
success, so much so that a second love it. The joints are not as big as eat everything, so they clear out being very sharp and athletic sheep,
phase of holiday homes is now being regular lamb, but it has developed a the ground really well. Because so they’re ideal for training young
started, under the name Hartsnook. good reputation in a relatively short they are hardy they can cope with sheepdogs,’ says Tango.
period of time. Rudding Park Hotel any kind of inclement conditions,
But Charles and his team at Escrick There are moves afoot to open
serves Hebridean lamb on its menu so nothing concerns them. They
Park, including Helen Pentith, have a farm shop on the A19 at the
from time to time.’ are happy to rummage around and
not simply been carried away by the entrance to Hollicarrs and the
clear out the saplings and eat off
holiday lodge bug to the extent that Escrick Park is very involved with the success of Hebridean lamb hasn’t
all of the regenerating scrub. This
they are not concerned with farming management of Skipwith Common, gone unnoticed. It will certainly play
has followed the massive scrub
matters. Indeed their future plans in partnership with Natural England, its part in the farm shop’s trade.
clearance programme carried out
fully embrace agriculture and the and employs its own Conservation Watch out for further news on
with Natural England, using Heritage
environment probably more than Officer, Tango Fawcett, as well as developments at Escrick Park Estate
Lottery Funding. Without the sheep,
scrub would quickly regrow, and the in future editions of Farmers Mart
heathland target habitat would not magazine.
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extreme conformation at upper nisbet

jennifer mackenzie talks with the progressive neills
Award winning beef farmer Robert
Neill is keen to spread the word of Robert and Jac Neill
good farming practice both to fellow
agriculturalists and to youngsters.
Since winning the Farmers Weekly
Beef Farmer of the Year award in
2006, Robert and his wife Jac have
hosted numerous groups of farming
visitors and school children to their
1,082 acre tenanted unit Upper
Nisbet, near Jedburgh in the Scottish
The couple took on the tenancy of
Upper Nisbet, part of MP Michael
Ancram’s Lothian Estate, in 2000,
two years after they married.
Since then they were able to expand
their operation on the estate to
today’s farm acreage which runs
from 250ft to 500ft above sea level
and includes 170 acres of permanent
pasture and 600 acres of arable land
growing winter barley, winter wheat,
spring barley and beans for home grazing are rented on a neighbouring Northumberland. Upper Nisbet. Father George, who is
consumption, the remainder of the farm. chairman of auctioneering company
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ground being three year grass leys as John Swan, and younger brother
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Information can be recorded by computer at the cattle handling facility.

which come to upper Nisbet as other. The suckler cows are put back to be kept smaller. Again saving on couple of years ago. All the cattle are
bulling heifers at 18 to 20 months to the Limousin bull and calves are food miles, the cattle are slaughtered electronically tagged and weighed
old, 400 ewe lambs are kept on finished on the farm and sold through at Galashiels and they kill out at 60 regularly and before they are sold.
the farm for 12 months before St Boswells market 11 miles away to 65 per cent.
They are weighed in a handling
returning to Northumberland as flock 52 weeks of the year.
“We have one shed dedicated to the system made in the on-farm
replacements helping to improve the
The herd is now nearing its optimum finishing cattle with another batch workshop and recorded using a
number of 300 cows some of which coming on behind,” said Robert. “All New Zealand system. Computerised
The cross-border system works are up to seven eighths Limousin. the heifers are grazed outside for the Farmplan records have been kept
well however movement restrictions second summer because if we push since 1997 which greatly aid in
Cows calve in the spring and early
caused recently by foot and mouth them too much they get fat however identifying performance of terminal
summer in straw bedded courts
and Bluetongue have posed the better the conformation of the sires. Cows are also freeze branded
before turnout with calves being
problems. animal it keeps growing and puts on for ease of management.
creep fed to prevent a check at
“We work together and don’t need to weaning and the finishing cattle are “The bulls go out on June 1 and we
employ contractors such as at silage managed so that there is a steady “We sell steers from 13 months old try not to swap any bulls so that the
and harvesting times and we have supply of up to six animals each up to 24 months. The most profitable performance of their progeny can be
enough need to justify our arable week to meet the demands of local are the youngest ones that leave the monitored from conception to plate,”
machinery. I also do some contracting butchers. farm and the performance slides after said Robert.
work for a neighbour,” said Robert. 18 months old,” added Robert.
They are finished at below 600kg A number of bulls used successfully
The cattle and the arable enterprise to ensure a manageable size for the He was introduced to electronic on the cows have been bought from
are a good complement for each butcher as well as enabling the cuts tagging after agreeing to do a trial a
continues on page 26

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John Logan’s Homebyres herd at cattle are fed ad-lib wheat, barley
nearby Kelso including the most and beans, the latter for protein,
recent, bought at the February Carlisle having replaced soya meal which
sale for 10,000gns – Homebyres was imported and its non GM status
Consort, the senior reserve champion, could not be guaranteed.
a Cloughhead Umpire son with a beef
All the straw is used on the farm,
value of +31.
producing as much manure as
Robert’s aim was to produce quality possible to be used as fertiliser.
cattle for local butchers and the
Herd replacements are either home-
Limousin has helped him fulfil that
bred or from the family’s dairy farm
as well as heifers also being able to
– only bulls are bought in.
be kept on as cows.
All the family’s farms are members
To build up herd numbers, half the
of the SAC Premium Health
50 herd replacements have been
Scheme and the cattle at Upper
home bred Limousin cross heifers.
Nisbet are vaccinated against BVD,
“I look for a bull with extreme Leptospirosis, Bluetongue and scour
muscling, conformation and good as are the dairy cows.
figures. To get a premium in any
Robert said: “I’m also keen to
market you need that extreme
promote British farming and I am
conformation to attract the eye of
involved with the Royal Highland
the butchers and we take a pride in
Educational Trust which gets school
presenting the animals well.
children onto farms and also its
“We produce a brochure which we farmer members visit schools which
give to the butchers who have bought I find very satisfying.”
our cattle for their customers which
As well as farm visits, Upper Nisbet
lets them know that they have been
is host to a two day competition in
fed entirely on home produced feed
October 2010 for the Scottish and
and they have a high health status.”
European ploughing championships
The cattle are fed through a Keenan run over 200 acres of stubble.
diet feeder on home grown cereals,
In July 2010 the South East Scotland
hay straw and clamp silage. Only
region of the British Grassland
minerals are bought in.
Society is organising the society’s
Silage and barley are fed to younger annual open day there.
cattle and cows and the finishing

26 FarmersMart Spring 2009

Stentons of Thornton-le-Dale

Every day’s a holiday at Easthill

Chris Berry talks with the Stentons of Thornton-le-Dale
When you farm 300 acres, have on we needed to spend some of the
The Stentons of Thornton-le-Dale
180 cattle, 650 breeding ewes and money. Then this place came on
live in a beautiful location what’s the market with three pine lodges,
the next step? For the Stentons it apartments and a cottage, providing
was to move away from where their holiday accommodation.’
family had been for 80 years.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Di and James farmed at Cloughton, There are now four pine lodges at
Ravenscar and Staintondale until Easthill Farm. Each has wheelchair
10 years ago when they moved to accessibility and as such the
Easthill Farm at Thornton-le-Dale. Stentons were recently finalists
They now have just 5 acres, rent a in the Access For All White Rose
little extra land and have just 150 Awards for 2008/09. They are also
breeding ewes. through to the North York Moors
and Coast Outstanding Customer
They have traded their day-to-day
Service Finals too.
farming existence for a world of
crazy golf, digital televisions and ‘We didn’t reckon much to what we
pine lodges which has seen them had let ourselves in for at first,’ says
nominated for several awards James. ‘Diane suddenly had a load
recently. more ironing to do and things like
that. I had to think about growing
‘Our stackyard at Cloughton had
masses of flowers and hanging
been passed for building work, then
baskets, and talking to people
BSE came on. We were making
who weren’t farmers was a bit of a
nothing, losing money hands down,’
culture shock as well. But we soon
says Di. ‘It made us think of doing
got in the swing. The biggest thing
one or two things as well as farming.
was moving to another place and not
We ended up selling 120 acres of
knowing how everything worked.
land to a local farmer and with the
We’re better off because of the
prospect of Capital Gains Tax coming
move though, but its just as much

work as farming was, if not more. Both Di and James have been
People ring even at midnight to book amazed by how little those who
a holiday.’ come from non-farming families
actually know about the countryside
Their holiday enterprise includes
and animals in particular.
a number of amenities which are
ideal for families with children. ‘It’s surprising how many little
There’s a crazy golf, tennis court, an children don’t know even where
undercover sandpit and a play house eggs come from, and some have

that all of the younger ones enjoy never even seen a pig in the flesh.
with pipes and chutes that means So we have a couple of pigs and
they are in and out like rabbits. chickens, as well as a few ferrets.

Everyone likes to see them when
‘James is always working on
they come here.’
something or other,’ says Di. ‘And
we’re forever improving and updating The only member of the family not
the lodges. When we first came it present when I visited was 17 year
was videos, then it was DVDs now old Hannah, who was working at a
you have to have digital televisions. nearby insurance company and is in
The ‘Sire of The UK Mule’ It was fridges, now its fridge freezers
and dishwashers.’
her final year of A levels.
Di and James are very happy with
They haven’t abandoned their how their life has changed in the
farming side altogether though. Son past 10 years and wouldn’t change
Harry is a dead-eye with a rifle and it for the world, and they are also
For further breed details is already earning the plaudits in quick to acknowledge the help they
the clubs with which he’s involved, get particularly from Uncle Harry,
or information contact the and daughter Sammy is keen on the who looks after the trees, and Auntie
secretary or visit our website sheep side of things. Di and James
haven’t lost their affection for Blue

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odd Swaledales and some Texels as

FarmersMart Spring 2009 27

stephensons of the wolds

Wolds family farm well-placed

for expansion
Chris Berry meets the Stephensons at Londesborough Wold
There was a time when it seemed
that farming was impervious The Stephensons
to change, but not any longer.
Increased paperwork and greater
regulation has meant that nearly
every farm has had to alter the way
it does business.
The Stephensons, who farm on the
Yorkshire Wolds, have had their own
share of change, but whilst they
have been affected by regulations
and bureaucracy they have also
had to cope with significant family
events too.
Guy Stephenson is the head of the
family farm which operates as GD
Stephenson & Sons. It is a mixed
farming enterprise, which is run
across three farms at Nunburnholme
Wold, Londesborough Wold, near
Market Weighton and Pluckham,
Fridaythorpe, incorporates 1600
acres, growing 408 acres of wheat,
205 of winter barley, 111 spring
barley, 230 oil seed rape, 80 acres
of potatoes, 30 of fodder beet and
420 of grass.
They also run a 200-strong suckler
herd with 250 followers and started
a South Devons herd two years ago.
On the sheep side they have a flock ‘The business was run as TA handling the secretarial role. Viscount, Alchemy and Duxford
of 180 store lambs, and they have Stephenson up until 1982, with my wheats with both Viscount and
‘It’s been a challenging time, but
250 pigs on contract with ACMC. father, but it became GD Stephenson Duxford being tried for the first time
we’re really enjoying it and we’re
& Sons after that,’ says Guy. ‘We took this year. They are using Tipple for
Guy and two of his sons, Graeme always looking to expand. We now
out a large loan and then were hit by their malting barley. All of their wheat
and Patrick, are the three partners have larger tractors and combines.
high interest rates which meant we goes for either biscuit or feed.
in the farm which has had to cope Stock numbers are up and yields are
had to sell off the Pluckham side of
with the death of one of Guy’s sons, strong too. We have taken on the Being on the Wolds most of the land
the farm. We sold another 80 acres
Michael in 2001, and the leaving of South Devons because of the breed’s is at 550 feet above sea level so they
when Stuart left, but over the years
the family farm business of Stuart traits on the maternal side and we don’t encounter the same problems
we have bought it all back.’
in 2005, who managed the farm now have a herd of 20 pedigrees,’ as other lower lying farms even in
business. Stuart and his wife Helen Graeme has taken over the day- says Graeme. the wettest of years. However, Guy
now run the hugely successful pub to-day management of the farming tells of last year’s potato harvest
The Stephensons are growing
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stephensons of the wolds

‘It was a really wet time for potatoes 12 months previously, have been Michael may no longer be around Graeme and Katie have a daughter,
last year. We do have very free- welcome news. But everyone also but his spirit in the farm lives on with Hannah (aged 6), who has already
draining land here, but we were works very hard here to achieve his eldest son, Mark, now involved noticed that the sign at the end of
having problems with lifting them their success. having recently completed his the farm says GD Stephenson &
and couldn’t get everything drilled studies at Bishop Burton College. Sons. Even at her early age she is
Guy, Graeme and Patrick are quick
as a result.’ wondering why there shouldn’t be
to point to the part played by their Katie is from farming stock, daughter
a female side to the future sign.
Nonetheless the Stephensons are arable man, John Szczoczarz (not of Colin Stonehouse in Burnby. She
Maybe that’s the next change for
not complaining about life. Recent a spelling mistake, he’s of Polish worked as a nursery nurse before
the farm in years to come?
good prices in cattle, and grain descent. Katie says they call him taking on the farm record keeping
prices running higher than they were John 4 Zs!). All three are fulsome and secretarial role. She has since
a couple of years ago, even though in their praise of John, who came to taken on handling cattle records for
not now at the level they reached them from Bramham Estate. another farmer as well.

FarmersMart Spring 2009 29


Going through the mill...

and keeping it in store!
Chris Berry talks with Stuart
Cornforth, on-farm and at the market
Maintaining a farming operation is the business which goes under the
one thing, developing a diversified name Cornforth Brothers.’ says
enterprise alongside the farm is Stuart. ‘But I don’t do as much
quite another, but Stuart Cornforth actual farming as I once did. I
has gone that one step further, still enjoy it very much when I do
even than that, in the past few though.’
That’s because around 12 years
The family farming enterprise at ago Stuart began setting up a feed
Newton Kyme, near Tadcaster and mill business in Tadcaster. ‘We’ve
Acaster Malbis, near York runs to always made our own feed right
some 700 acres and a further 290 through from granddad’s days in
is rented in addition. Stuart’s father order to keep costs down. We keep
Peter, and brother Graham run the headland corn for feed and
most of the mixed farming business the middle of the field for malting,
which includes arable and livestock. where it is better quality.’
They have 350-400 cattle on farm
Around five years ago the mill
at any one time, 400 sheep and
reached the kind of tonnage that
keep a few pigs to supply a local
meant Stuart had to devote more
of his time to that than the farm,
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Cornforth’s new rep, Emma Railton

he had generated in that time also now we are going through about
led to the start-up of CDF Country 20,000 tonnes a year. We have to
Store at Selby Livestock Market. buy a lot in. The proteins are largely
imported through the ports in Hull
‘We started small scale and we’re
and Liverpool, with the rest of what
still a very small mill in comparison
we need being acquired through
to the rest, but our tonnage has been
local merchants. We have enough
gradually creeping up. Part of that is
of our own home-produced feed to
down to the rules and regulations,
last for four months of the year.’
and paperwork that goes with it all.
As we’ve got bigger we have had One of the biggest contracts Stuart
even more rules and regulations to has been involved with so far was
adhere to and so we’ve really had to when he attracted the contract for
grow to pay for the upkeep. We’ve
continues on page 32
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making feed for Banks Cargill in the ‘We’ve found that we’ve had to pay
North East. Whilst he doesn’t have our own suppliers quicker. You can’t
that any longer, it was a step along extend it to two months credit with
the way to where he is now. them any more. That particularly
happened around November 2007
Of course one of the common-
when feed was on the up and cattle
held feelings in the farming world,
prices were not as good.’
when a farmer turns into a provider
for other farms, is that he has Today Stuart’s mill, with the feed
somehow turned from poacher to trading as CORNFORTH DIRECT
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Stuart has noticed changes in feed, pedigree mixes, dairy feed
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get his message across that he is the shop at Selby.
playing fair no matter what. ‘We have some excellent feeds that
‘We’ve always made the same more and more farmers are coming
margin on our feed. We still made to like. I think they particularly like
the same amount over the cost the fact that they can see the feed
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so we weren’t making more out of sold in clear bags. Everyone prefers
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Some farmers, when feed got to have just purchased looks right.’
£180/tonne, thought we were doing
The CDF Country Store became the
very well, but it really was the same
first and only store to be resident
amount as we were making when it
at Selby Livestock Market just
was £65/tonne.’
two years ago, after a while in the
The feed business has gone through planning, and it has been a real hit
quite a change in the past four with the farmers.
years with recognised mills in both
‘We have been very pleased with
Scarborough and Lancaster going
the trade here in the first two years
by the wayside, and Stuart is fully
and it has contributed a great deal
aware of the dangers associated
to the success of our own feeds.
with cash flows whilst at the same
time still caring about his farmer
customers. continues on page 34

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FarmersMart Spring 2009 33

We also stock others’ feeds too He may have moved away from
though.’ strict farming, now running a
feed mill and a country store, but
The store stocks everything that
you can tell where his heart lies
the livestock farmers who visit the
market would need, but has also
picked up on an increasing degree ‘Paperwork is the hardest thing
of passing trade being situated I’ve had to learn. As a farmer I’ve
handily on the outskirts of Selby, always worked outside but now I
just off the bypass. work inside. That’s another hard
thing to get used to. It’s not a matter
Inside the store the clear bags of
of slinging on a pair of boots any
Cornforths Direct Feeds are very
longer and disappearing outside.
much in evidence, even if they
I’m now more office-bound. That’s
don’t have a company logo on
why I still enjoy getting out on the
them as yet. ‘That’s the next step,’
farm when I can.’
says Stuart. ‘We do need to look at
our branding but I will stick with Watch out for further developments
the clear bags rather than going from CORNFORTHS DIRECT
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34 FarmersMart Spring 2009


The gate way to success

Chris Berry talks with Richard Walker at Ryther
There are those who talk, and there
are those who do. Aspiring farmer
Richard Walker is definitely in the
latter category, although he’s not
bad at the talking bit too. That’s
just as well given the number of
times his phone rings whilst I am
at his joinery business premises
near the village of Ryther, near
Tadcaster where farm gates are a
speciality and everything else is on
the menu. Richard apologises for
the interruptions but it is a sign of
just how his business is growing. It
is all a means to an end for him, as
he has always wanted to farm and
has now started doing so due to his
entrepreneurial efforts.
His young company, Agri-Equest
Ltd, is made up of himself, two
part-time joinery staff and an office
secretary. He manufactures gates
and literally just about anything else a
customer wants. ‘About 60 per cent
of the business is in manufacturing
gates, mainly for farms but also for
the National Trust and residential.
Fencing contractors are using us more afford to put some of the money I farm labourer and sheep shearer and ‘Manufacturing will always be the
and more. We will make anything. raise through this business into my more besides in his still relatively short core business but in order to get
Bespoke dog kennels, cross country farming side and get numbers up on career. It was his sheep shearing and people through the door you have to
jumps, coops, stable doors. I’m not sheep, as well as starting with cattle. shepherding business that was the offer more.’
turning anything away.’ That’s why I’m never going to turn real catalyst for what he is doing now
Richard looks after his flock in
Coming from Illingworth, near business away. I can’t start pumping at Ryther. He was lambing a lot of
the morning at Bossall, and in the
Halifax, not a known rural heartland, more money into the farm until I’ve sheep up in Settle and Gargrave and
evening when he gets home. He
Richard was never going to find a paid off my loan and I have another noticed that the lamb adopters being
manufactures an incredible number
farm handed to him on a plate, but two years of borrowed money to pay used at the time were not working
of gates for what is basically still a
he has always had his vision and that back, but I am on track.’ as effectively as they could, as the
fledgling enterprise and sells in bulk
is now very much turning into reality. lambs were able to pop out, defeating
Not having benefited from having an to BATA and Carrs Billington, as well
the object of the exercise. He made
‘I now live over on the Strickland easier route into farming, as neither as selling direct. He is also one of
his own model - Alcatraz - which was
Estate, between Malton and York, of his parents are farmers, he has the youngest committee members
made, rather like the name implies,
on a rented smallholding at Bossall made all of the running himself, never at the Great Yorkshire Show, on the
to keep them in.
where I currently have 30 Mule once resting back on any laurels. He sheep shearing section. And he is
sheep of my own as well as 350 I left school at 16, studied for his NDA ‘That’s how I really got started on this drummer with a well-respected rock
have been over wintering for another at Askham Bryan College and has side and I’ve gone on from there. I got covers band, The Lipsticks, who play
farmer. My main ambition is to get variously worked as a shepherd, relief involved with a timber manufacturing the pubs in North Yorkshire and are
Agri-Equest going so well that I can milker, relief tractor driver, general company in Wakefield and started regulars at Young Farmers Balls. It’s
working with them on agricultural a varied and very full life for Richard
products.’ - and clearly one that he revels in.
When the company was about All farmer’s sons who ever moan
to fold Richard bought out the about how difficult farming is please
agricultural side that he had been take note. Here is one young man
largely responsible for and set up who is starting from scratch, is
as Agri-Equest, moving to Ryther in succeeding and deserves the highest
November 2007. of accolades for pursuing his dream.
Now! Go and buy your gates from
‘The beauty of where I am here is
him and help him become the farmer
that we’ve Wetherby and Harrogate
he really wants to be!
nearby with a lot of equestrian needs
on the timber manufacture side as
well as the agricultural needs.’ For more information contact
Richard is also expanding his retail
Richard Walker
operation too, now offering cow
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cubicle mats and other products. So
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what’s next? A country store?

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richard dent

THE Iron Man of Rosedale

Chris Berry talks with Richard Dent
Enjoying where you live is a
worthy enough attitude to life -and
for farmers in the hills that was
probably enough to sustain many
in years gone by.
Richard Dent, of Rosedale East in
the wonderful North York Moors,
certainly appreciates where he was
born and has lived nearly all of his
life. But he also enjoys a night out
too and that’s one of the reasons
why he has developed his own steel
fabrication business that today
sees him travelling the length and
breadth of the UK whilst also still
working on the family farm with his
father Trevor and mother Ena.
‘We have around 160 cattle here
and 100 breeding ewes - Mules,
Swales and a few Texels. We also
have eight holiday cottages. The
farm itself runs to 150 acres and
you can’t make a justifiable living
purely out of it. We try to utilise
every blade of grass that we can but
it still isn’t enough on its own.’
Richard has worked for five other Richard Dent
firms, all on a self-employed basis,
since he was 19. He’s now running
his own operation and is employing ‘My main jobs are farm the area for the jobs he has on - staircase which was again quite
other self-employed people as and improvements, where farmers are and they travel wherever the job is different to anything else.’
when he needs them. trying to make their farmyards required.
Richard’s current advertisement
and farm machinery work better
‘I like to have a certain standard of ‘We’ve just been to London features a really long trailer. It’s
for themselves. It’s amazing how
living. I went to Middlesbrough for a where the customer wanted a set another example of how versatile
without spending too much they
year to study business and finance, of railings. There are plenty of he is.
can adopt a far better livestock
and then to Bishop Burton College companies around but they found
system for the future, saving on ‘That’s a real one-off. It’s a 26ft
for a year as well.’ me on the internet and liked what
both labour and machinery times. bale trailer and has removable sides
we did. The reason we got the job
It was obviously time well-spent We tend to do the really awkward and a hydraulic rear ramp. You can
was that the railings needed to be
because Richard has now been jobs where people are trying to get 90 ewes into it and I guarantee
different to the norm and some of
self-employed for 15 years. In the make everything more efficient all you won’t find anything else like it
the bigger companies don’t operate
past 8 years he has steadily grown at once. The cattle handling side on the market. We make everything
that way. But we do! Whatever
his business from that of purely has really picked up over the past bespoke for the customer.’
people want, no matter how
supplying his own labour to that of a couple of years.’ He might well be enthused about
different or difficult, we do it. We
bona-fide steel fabrication enterprise Today Richard employs up to seven also went to Edinburgh for another the business he has developed but
where he can manufacture literally other self-employed people from job recently, manufacturing a spiral farming is still his first love, as he
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freely admits. being in an NVZ they are having to Pickering, and I found that I really industry there now is a man who
do away with slurry and go on to a didn’t enjoy that.‘ goes under the name Iron Man on
‘I would like to farm full-time, but
complete straw based system, and his website too!
like I said it is difficult to make a So he’s not about to leave Rosedale
Richard is all set to have a brand
farm like this pay these days. That’s - even though the jobs he does get
new workshop.
why we have the holiday cottages often take him away for several
For more information contact
and why I have built up the The family own the whole farm and days at a time.
fabrication business. Some people attract holiday makers 365 days a
‘I really don’t mind travelling and RDS Rosedale East
wouldn’t do what I do. I farm for year. When Richard left the farm to
I will take on any job whether big Pickering, North Yorkshire
usually an hour and a half every live away in Pickering for a couple
or small. At the moment I’ve never
day, as well as running this.’ of years he found just how much he Email: rds@visitrosedale.co.uk
been so busy in all my life.’
missed Rosedale. www.richarddentservices.com
There are changes afoot on the
It’s quite appropriate that where Tel: 01751 417175
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peter ashby

Beef Shorthorns flourish in Farnley

Chris Berry talks with Peter Ashby of Rose Tree Farm
Shorthorns are on the up at the
moment. Following a period in the
80s and 90s when the UK beef
industry went firmly down the path
of continental breeds this native
breed is back in popularity.
Peter Ashby is at the forefront of
this revival having switched from
dairy farming at Rose Tree Farm,
Farnley, near Otley in 2002. Peter
and his wife Sarah have not only
found the move to have been a
success lifestyle-wise, they have
also been very pleasantly surprised
at just how much passing trade they
have developed since they started
selling boxed beef direct from the
farm itself.
Theirs is a prime example of how
being situated on a popular weekend
drive out into the country can bring
about a highly productive source of
‘All we did was to put up a sign
outside and people started coming.
Then they started coming back
regularly, so we must be doing Peter Ashby

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something right. There are times,
particularly at weekends, when we
get very busy, but we also pick up a
reasonable amount of trade through
the week too. We’re on a popular
tourist/days out run here and it is
also a useful route for those who
commute from the countryside
into Otley, Harrogate and Leeds,
so we do pretty well with the local
trade too. Word of mouth is our
best form of advertising and we’ve
certainly picked up a lot of trade
that way. The Beef Shorthorn breed
is well-known for its consistency
in marbling and that ensures its
flavour and succulence.’
The beef is traded as Washburn
Valley Beef and is always on the
menu over at nearby Millstones
Restaurant, near Blubberhouses,
where Peter’s brother Andrew owns Farnley Lake and leads to the series
the enterprise. That also helps of picturesque woodlands and
spread the word further. reservoirs that run between Otley
and Blubberhouses, is still largely
All of Peter’s beef goes to John unspoilt and as such is one of
Penny’s abattoir in Rawdon for Yorkshire‘s real treasures, and this
slaughter and then to Andrew Seed is where Peter’s 285-acre tenanted
at Brimham Rocks for packing. All farm helps his 60-strong pedigree
cuts are individually packed and Beef Shorthorn herd blossom. He
labelled ready for oven or freezer. wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
The beef is hung for three weeks and his move from dairy to beef
in order to allow it to mature to full has been just right for him and his
flavour and tenderness. young family.
The Washburn Valley, which
features the River Washburn and continues on page 40

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‘Of course there are times when you After years of dairy farming Peter
don’t enjoy what you do, but I really has finally found a way of life that
do enjoy it most of the time. I think really suits him, his wife Sarah and
you have to bred into this job. It’s their young daughter Eleanor.
the freedom that is the best thing.
‘The herd is relatively low
If you get your work done early then
maintenance during the Summer.
you can at least give yourself an
They are pretty good at converting
hour or two here or there. Sarah
forage and eating grass so they are
and I like walking and without a
low input cattle. Whilst they are out
dairy herd to run we are now able to
grazing in the Summer months I can
get a holiday away in the Summer.’
get on with countryside stewardship
During the winter Peter spends 6 matters too such as hedge laying
hours day purely feeding the cattle and drystone walling.’
and looking after them, and that’s
Peter is the third generation of
in addition to the rest of the jobs
Ashby to have farmed here since
that still need doing on the farm,
the family arrived at Rose Tree
which he turned fully organic two
Farm in 1926. Sarah is a vet with
years ago. He also runs a flock of
PDSA at Bradford. The farm is
100 Mule ewes which are sold
FAABL assured.
through livestock markets rather
than at the farm gate. Although he
undertakes most of the work on the For more information contact
farm himself he does have help one WASHBURN VALLEY BEEF
day per week, sometimes stretching Peter & Sarah Ashby
to two days if required. Rose Tree Farm
Farnley, Otley LS21 2RB
Peter’s beef - his irritation with
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Shorthorns - is the interference Email: info@
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‘There are some stupid rules that www.washburnvalleybeef.co.uk
we have to abide by and they really
are unnecessary. Take the new
sheep tagging rule regarding double
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unique dairy in west cumbria

jennifer mackenzie meets the mawsons of seascale
A west Cumbrian farming family’s
enthusiasm and passion for their The Mawson clan
diversified enterprise is beginning to
pay off.
Ken and Kate Mawson’s sons Stephen
and Richard were keen to carry on
the family tradition and farm at Bailey
Ground, Seascale, after they finished
university. However, the milk produced
by the pedigree Baileyground herd of
Holsteins was providing insufficient
income to support three families and
the Mawsons decided to diversify and
sell milk direct off the farm in what
is a unique business in this part of
Now, nearly three years on, to shops, restaurants and businesses, in a new 20x40 herringbone parlour “Our philosophy is to get quality local
their huge ongoing investment in the Mawsons now run six vans which halved milking time to under products into local businesses at a
processing plant is starting to pay off delivering milk, cream and now butter two hours and has helped maintain competitive price,” she added.
and the family has branched out into as far north as Carlisle in a large area the peak of hygiene standards
As part of the service there is no need
another venture – a seaside hotel and west of the M6 in Cumbria. necessary for on-farm pasteurisation
to pre-order and should businesses
restaurant business! of milk.
One of the biggest customers is right run out of milk or cream ‘the fridge is
Bailey Ground Farm has been farmed on the doorstep – supplying milk and “We’re in a position now where the always open’ at Bailey Ground.
by Ken’s family since 1947 but cream for the cafes of British Nuclear dairy is making money. We have
A third business has been added to
with poor milk prices several years Fuels at Sellafield – however most invested heavily but surprisingly
the Mawsons’ portfolio. They took
ago meaning the cost of production of the 500 businesses supplied are the pasteurisation and other dairy
on the long term lease of the now
amounted to more than the price small and the Mawsons take pride in equipment only accounted for 15
named Bailey Ground Hotel on the
received from the dairy companies, giving a very personal service. per cent of this cost. There is a lot of
shore at Seascale. After spending six
the Mawsons had some radical hidden cost from promotion to bottle
Virtually all the 1.2 million litres months refurbishing the hotel which
decisions to make. labelling,” said Stephen.
of milk produced by the pedigree has 28 en suite bedrooms, an 80
“It was either a question of stopping milkers is processed and sold through Now, three years on they are pleased seat restaurant with sea views and a
milking cows or adding value to the the business. At peak production to have chosen this route although it 100 seat function room, it opened for
milk we were producing,” said Kate. times additional milk is bought in has been far from easy. business in October 2008.
“We had the opportunity of buying a from Dairy Farmers of Britain while
“It has been a nerve wracking time Richard and his partner Sarah are
small dairy nearby and it developed at quieter times surplus milk is sold
and we wouldn’t have the stamina already taking plenty of bookings for
from that.” to the company.
to start it all over again. But having functions and accommodation.
The family’s farming roots go back The on-farm dairy is processing an got this far we have no regrets,” said
The hotel provides another outlet
to 1596 at Fleming Hall, a mile average 30,000 litres of milk a week. Kate.
for marketing the Bailey Ground
from Bailey Ground. Adding value As well as supplying the retail outlets,
“The majority of milk produced in products through the restaurant and
is nothing new to the family either there is also a 500 doorstep milk
Cumbria is sold as a commodity, a planned ice cream parlour, all part
- grandmother, Jane Moore and her round which accounts for up to three
leaving the county and being sold of the plan to maximise value added
family farmed at the Howe Farm in per cent of turnover delivering within
in the supermarket as an unbranded production.
Seascale in the 1930s from where a 10 milk radius of Seascale.
product, yet we have got one of the
they ran a milk round delivering twice
As well as the dairy processing and most marketable products because it
a day. She made butter to sell on For more information visit
bottles the home-produced milk, comes from the Lake District,” said
the round and she also showed it at www.mawsonsofbaileyground.co.uk
meaning the products come from Kate.
the National Dairy Show in London
grass to the doorstep without leaving
and ornamental butter at the local
the area, butter and ice cream are
Shows. Both sons spent six months
also made in traditional ways.
seeing the world working with huge
dairy herds in New Zealand and small Mawsons Rum Butter is a blend of
top ranking pedigree units in the US the freshest butter blended with one
before returning home to Seascale – of the oldest and arguably the best,
Stephen graduated in animal science rums in the world, Jeffersons Fine
from Harper Adams University Dark Rum, from Whitehaven.
College while Richard has a degree in There is a range of cheeses and
agriculture and animal science from smoothies which are specially made
Newcastle University on small family farms. The dairy
The family now consists of Ken and business has provided the equivalent
Kate, their sons Stephen and Richard, of eight full time jobs for local people
their partners Liz and Sarah, and although Stephen and Richard share
Caitlin, Molly, Ellie, Megan and Oliver. the work on the 500 acre farm,
including the twice daily milking, with
From small beginnings with one van
the help of contractors.
delivering milk they had pasteurised
One of the earliest investments was

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bentham livestock market

Leading breeder takes 2009

Dalesbred show title at Bentham
It was a fantastic turnout at Bentham breed is popular for its ability to
& District Farmers’ Auction Mart endure harsh climatic conditions. The
in North Yorkshire on the 24th Dalesbred, with its distinctive black
February. On an overcast afternoon face and two white marks above its
in the charming traditional Yorkshire nostrils, is renowned for producing
market town, farmers from all over excellent wethers for finishing at home
the district turned up to witness and or for sale as stores. It is popular with
take part in the sale of commercial butchers for its good confirmation
breeding sheep, where tex ewes (wether lambs and gimmers carcase
with lamb at foot made an average weights: 12-17kg) and hard-wearing
of £132.00. wool, traditionally used for carpets
and tweeds.
Just to the north of the village lies the
Yorkshire Dales National Park with Judge Kevin Wilson picked out
the precipitous peaks of Ingleborough, Richard’s gimmer shearling as
Whernside and Penyghent, and for the 2009 Bentham Dalesbred
leading Dalesbred specialist Richard Champion. The class-winning mature
Close, it wasn’t only the peaks that ewe of Michael Carr from Horton in
were riding high. Mr Close followed Ribblesdale was Reserve Champion
Richard Close (right) - one of the winners
up his ‘Best in Breed’ Championship out of an impressive entry of well
win at the 2008 Great Yorkshire Show over 30 excellent quality Dalesbreds.
with a victory in this year’s Dalesbred Richard Close from Starbotton, who Bank, Clapham). The second- and
The second-placed shearling was
Sheep Breeders’ Association Annual is “at least the third generation” of third-placed shearlings both fetched
sent out by John Bradley of Settle,
Show of individual in-lamb sheep. his family to specialize in the hardy £200, bought by John Kelsall of
with another from Christine Scott
The Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ of Slaidburn, in third. Brian Coates Dalesbred hill breed and whose Clapham and J. M. Wilson & Sons of
Association has an active membership of Kingsdale presented the second- grandfather was a founder member Beckwithshaw, near Harrogate.
throughout the Yorkshire Dales, placed mature ewe, and a ewe from of the Association in the 1920s,
Other leading prices paid were:
Lancashire and southern Lakeland R. H. Brown of West Burton, near has around 500 Dalesbreds on
Shearlings to £500 from Richard Close
region, and this highly adaptable Leyburn, took third. land at Buckden Pike, in Upper
(average £275.83); second shear/ewes
Wharfedale, which rises to 2,300ft:
to £400 from M. J. & A. Carr (average
“The breed has to be very hardy
£235.56); third shear/ewes to £900
for the conditions and the sheep
from M. J. & A. Carr (average £344);
we have bred have always done
fourth shear/ewes to £500 from A. &
well wherever they have gone. The
M. Brennand & Sons.
winner here at Bentham is a sister of
the Great Yorkshire Show Champion,
but you can never be confident about For more information contact:
winning because the competition is Mrs Jean Bradley, Secretary
always strong,” he said. – Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’
Following the show, the Champion Association.
shearling sold in the Bentham auction Tel: 01729 822228
ring for £650 to M. Thorpe of West or Peter Loweth,
Burton, with the Reserve Champion Peter Loweth Public Relations
ewe selling for £900 to Richard Close. Tel/Fax: 01756 711129
The second- and third-placed ewes Mob. 0777 618 2346
sold respectively for £400 (bought by Email: peterloweth@yahoo.co.uk
Paul Bowdin of Outershaw, Buckden)
and £250 (J. Dawson Jnr. of Bleak

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& sons


Rob Wilkinson takes a trip to Bentham to profile a
firm forged on a century and a half of tradition

Paul, Dave & Barry Taylor in front of the centenary plaque

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Rob Wilkinson takes a trip to Bentham to profile a firm forged on a
century and a half of tradition
It started out as a blacksmith in
1859. A century and a half later
Robert Taylor & Sons is still going
strong but dealing with horsepower
of an altogether different kind!
Situated just south of High Bentham
on the edges of the Yorkshire Dales
and the Forest of Bowland, this
friendly family firm now supplies
and maintains Case IH Tractors
and Honda ATV’s for an area that
encompasses a large part of North
Yorkshire and Northern Lancashire
as well as parts of Cumbria.
It’s still very much a family affair
that’s now into its sixth generation Barry, Dave and Paul Taylor with Sales Manager, Andrew Woof
with Paul Taylor, the great great
great grandson of Robert Taylor older brother, Ian Taylor, now a Ian & Barry’s Father, Bryan (Paul’s “It’s a legacy that we’re proud
ruling the roost together with uncle retired partner, has worked for the Grandfather) still keeps a close eye to maintain,” exclaims Paul “and
Barry Taylor and cousin David business for nigh on 45 years since on proceedings as a retired partner there’s a lot of responsibility that
Taylor. Paul’s Father and Barry’s leaving school. from his home opposite. comes with running a business with

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Michael & Martin know their parts

so much history. “The main enjoyment I get from this

job is the people factor. We have
“We are very lucky that previous
an excellent customer base who
generations have taken such care
we all consider as friends and that
in nurturing the company,” added
engenders trust and loyalty,” said
Paul who started out in the business
Paul, a keen supporter of Preston
at the age of 16 doing a four year
North End together with other family
day release from Leeds Technology
college gaining City & Guilds
qualification and finally A.M.I.M.I. There could well be a seventh
status. generation to get involved with Paul’s
four-year-old son Travis already
“I’d been working there in the
enthused by Tractors and ATVs.
summer holidays and on Saturdays
from the age of 11 and I always “I was asked to take a tractor over to
wanted to get involved. I suppose a local school and you could see the
I was destined to end up working fascination on the children’s faces as
within the business. I parked up in the playground.

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“I think all kids get a kick out of now runs their busy accounts and
tractors especially around these administration office.
parts!” enthused Paul who still
“I wanted a better environment for
remembers fondly the buzz he got
my family and opted to return to
from selling his first tractor.
an area which offers a wonderful
“It wasn’t so much about making quality of life. I’ve never looked back
the sale as giving a customer a since, although it’s very different to
piece of machinery that would make working in a library!
his working life much easier and
“The family aspect is such a big
knowing that we’d maintain that link
part of life here and many of our 19
with him for years to come,” added
full-time and part-time staff have
worked here for decades and have
Barry, who joined the firm in 1976 their own family members involved
after studying for a degree in French, in the business.
Spanish and Latin at Sheffield
“There’s family connections within
University and working as a librarian
family connections and as such we
in Manchester and Liverpool,


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really do all pull together as a team,” Escolme, storeman Doug Knapp,
he added. ATV foreman Michael Akrigg as
well as office administrators Rachel
The level of staff loyalty is truly
Winn, Charlotte Taylor (Paul’s wife),
astounding. Parts Manager Michael
Laura Moorby and Eileen Casson.
Casson has been with the business
for 34 years, mechanic Derek Smith Barry went on: “Most of our staff
has spent three decades at the site, have strong farming connections
Kathleen Taylor (Ian’s wife) has been and we hope that it only strengthens
running payroll for 27 years, foreman the loyalty that our customers feel
Brian Lee also with 27 years of towards us.”
service with Deputy Parts Manager
The firm has been situated in the
Martin Stephenson a veteran of 22
same spot for all of its 150 years with
the old Green Smithy on the corner
Other key members of staff include of the crossroads representing the
Sales Manager Andrew Woof, ATV birthplace of so much heritage and
Manager Colin Ellison, mechanics now home to the ATV workshop and
Gary Taylor (Dave’s son) and John showroom that opened in 2000.


Congratulations to
robert taylor & sons
on their 150th anniversary

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Indeed the old forge is still in place changes in the machinery that we
in its original building flanked by a sell, service and maintain and those
tower of horseshoes that makes for are the introduction of the drum
a fascinating feature. mower that replaced the cutter
bar and the rotor spreader which
“It’s gradually been added to over the
replaced the moving floor.
years with each generation making
its mark and in 1964 we opened a “There’s a tremendous amount of
second site just over the crossroads variety in the workload here. The
that now serves as our head offices, phone can ring and all of a sudden
tractor workshop, parts store and your entire working day can change,”
petrol station,” explained Barry. added Dave.
ATVs were introduced in 1984 and The Case IH JXU 105 tractor model
they now sell an average of two new is proving to be the most popular -
vehicles every week. this model offers a handy-sized four
cylinder tractor with excellent power
Paul chipped in: “There’s are a lot
to weight ratio. It is very well spec’d
of hill farmers around here and they
up to include power shuttle, ideal for
offer a valuable, time saving solution
all farm demands.
for the kind of demanding work and
terrain that they engage in. A century and a half of trading
is a major milestone in anyone’s
“The most popular version is the
book and Robert Taylor & Sons is
Honda Fourtrax 420 FM which is
celebrating in style with an open day
ideally suited to the livestock farmers
on Wednesday 8th April from 10am
who populate these parts.”
till late and the unveiling of a unique
The tractor workshop, headed up by silver Case IH JXU 105 that will be
Dave Taylor, is also thriving with an used to promote the business at
average of around 30 new models agricultural shows across the north
sold each year. in 2009.
Dave, like Paul, started working at Paul went on: “This is the first time
the age of 16 and now has over 44 that we’ve held an Open Day and we
years of service under his belt. He’s look forward to welcoming as many
noticed the changes that have taken people to our venue as possible!
place over the last four and a half
“We’ve sprayed a tractor silver as
a one off special with Case IH’s
“I would say there’s been two major permission and it really is one of a

Dawner Asset Finance is based in Yorkshire, and is a partnership between

Andrew Wells & Andrew Brown. Collectively we have over 40 years experience within the
agricultural & construction finance sector. For most of this time we have worked for major finance
houses and manufacturer finance companies. We recognised that no-one finance company can offer
a complete financial solution for our customers needs - so we created our own finance brokerage
- Dawner Asset Finance. Now working with a number of leading finance houses & banks - we can
offer a complete financial package - sourcing the most competitive funding for:
• New/Used Equipment • Cars • Commercial Vehicles • Groundscare Equipment
Contact: Andrew Wells Contact: Andrew Brown
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FarmersMart Spring 2009 49

robert taylor & sons
kind. We hope to sell this unique As well as a vibrant and informative There’s a lot to be said for being

To celebrate
piece of kit before the end of the website (www.roberttaylorandsons. safe in the knowledge that someone
year!” added Paul “Hopefully to one co.uk), they promote themselves at is doing their very best for you!”
of our very loyal customers!!” Lancaster Auction Mart with a shop concluded Paul.
They are holding a hog roast and there
will be lots of stalls and attractions
that’s open two days a week and
have a very close involvement with
There will soon be another addition
to the centenary plaque sited on the
THEIR 150th
to enjoy as well as the chance to
view a Robert Taylor & Sons special
affairs at the nearby thriving
Bentham Mart.
smithy wall and you detect that 150
years won’t be the last significant
edition black Honda 420 ATV. The
bike will be “won” later in the
“We aim
milestone to be celebrated if the
pride, passion and loyalty shown by ROBERT
year with the winner drawn at the time and believe we all of the team at Robert Taylor &
Nidderdale Show. ‘The Chance to should always offer Sons is anything to go by.

SONS are
Win’ commences from the every customer
Open day onwards. (Terms ultimate peace
For more details contact Robert
& Conditions apply). of mind.

Taylor & Sons
Green Smithy
Bentham Near Lancaster
Tel: 015242 61353
an open day
on 8th April.


Barry with the admin team

Moor Lane, Full Sutton, York

E-mail sales@edwardstrailers.co.uk

Range of plant trailers Range of general purpose Tri axle flat beds

Range of tipping trailers Cattle trailers Sheep & pig trailers

Congratulations to Robert Taylor & Sons

from Fleming Agri-Products.
Fleming Agri-Products Ltd

would like to congratulate ATV trailers Lorry containers Tractor drawn live
our valued customer;

Robert Taylor & Sons

on reaching their 150

year milestone in business.

Fleming Agri-Products will in 2010 also be celebrating 150 years Sheep trailers c/w wind Tandem axle flat beds Flat bed c/w tarpaulin tilts
supporting the farming industry and would like to wish Robert Taylor away deck
& Sons continued success in the future.
Congratulations to Robert Taylor and Sons
www.fleming-agri.co.uk on their 150th Anniversary

50 FarmersMart Spring 2009


Innovations for
more efficiency
CASE IH presented an array of innovations at SIMA 2009 in Paris,
including the new Puma CVX tractor series and the new range of
Quantum V / N speciality tractors.
Puma CVX – continuously variable Quantum V&N - the new specialists Precision farming - practical extension to the functions available.
up to 250 hp for vineyards and orchards applications in the field Harvest analysis, running cost
statistics, seedbed preparation,
The centrepiece of the tractor Another recent development In a special showcase exhibition
plant protection and pest control
innovations is the new Puma presented at the SIMA show was at the SIMA show, CASE IH
can now be planned more precisely.
CVX. At the SIMA show, CASE IH the new Quantum V & N models experts provided information on
presented for the first time all five from CASE IH. This series consists the applications of the CASE IH In addition, the software enables all
new models, ranging in power from of new speciality tractors for hybrid Advanced Farming System “AFS”. field data, including harvest data, to
167 hp to 224 hp and a maximum farming using the most modern For the 2009 season the Advanced be displayed on standardised aerial
power output of 251 hp. engine technology and numerous Farming Systems from CASE IH have photos.
new comfort features. been equipped with new software
The tractor range has been designed
that provides a considerable
consistently for high performance, The QUANTUM V range consists of
efficiency and comfort. It features four tractors; the 65V (65 hp), 75V
the latest generation of CVX (78 hp), 85V (88 hp) and 95V (97
transmission from Case IH and new hp), while the QUANTUM N range
DKT double clutch technology.. offers three tractors; the 75N (78
hp), 85N (88 hp) and 95N (97 hp).

For more visit information please www.caseih.com

FarmersMart Spring 2009 51


Mini-Smithfield AT the Great

Yorkshire Showground
Chris Berry visits this year’s Ripon Farm Services Show
Whilst financial institutions are taking place indoors during the
apparently falling apart faster winter months. And with such a
than an athlete on speed, and huge range of machinery franchises
companies are laying off staff in that Ripon Farm Services has built
their thousands, the Ripon Farm up over the years there was always
Services Show offered welcome going to be a substantial array of
relief from the seemingly non-stop machines to keep the thousands
bad news in the economy. who visited interested.
Making its Great Yorkshire Ripon Farm Services Managing
Showground debut, after a couple Director, Geoff Brown, was on
of years at Rufforth, the show - run hand, and he gave his feelings on
over two days in January - was a the start of the year.
massive hit with customers old
‘In agriculture there seems to be
and new. Indeed on entering the
a lot of optimism. We’re certainly
exhibition halls you could have been
quoting on quite a few tractors and
forgiven for thinking that you had
other items of farm machinery. I
stepped back in time to the days The new SIMBA machine on show
think we’ve been quite insulated
when the whole farm machinery
in this area. The farming industry
industry in the UK used to gather
has never really had the peaks and fertiliser - and that helps.’ ‘There is still a bit of uncertainty
inside Earls Court for the Royal
and troughs that other industries around over commodity prices, but
Smithfield Show. Nonetheless Geoff feels it is too
suffer. The general picture is not that general optimism in farming is
early to get carried away, and the
Those days may well be long gone, bad. Yes, some prices could still be helping at the moment.’
uncertainty that exists amongst
but there is no doubting the pulling better but some farmers’ costs are
much of the population could have He was also very pleased with the
power of a farm machinery event coming down now - such as fuel
an effect. show itself.

Diet Feeders &

Compost Machinery

Grain & Silage Trailers

10—14 tonne models available
Various optional extras including
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Dual Spreaders
1300,1600 & 2000 models available
Optional splash guards.
100% market share
(A.E.A. September 07)

Rear Discharge Spreader

10 tonne capacity spreader c/w
slurry door and in-cab electro/
hydraulic controls

Supporting Ripon Farm Services Ltd

Harry West (Prees) Ltd, Lower Heath, Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2BT
T. 01948 840465 F. 01948 841055
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The RFS team

‘The venue here is much better. Brown’s comments on the industry

Everything is in a heated at present.
environment and that makes it
‘Farming hasn’t really been affected
more comfortable for people when
by the credit crunch so far - but
they walk around.’
everything outside of farming that
With a line-up that includes John farmers have to pay for is having
Deere, Land Rover, Kuhn, McHale, an effect, like vehicles and fuel.
Vicon, Grimme, McConnel, Simba, Farming prices have been better
Arctic Cat, Harry West, Permastore, lately, particularly pigs because of
Bunning, Hi-Spec, Lynx and NC the pound and euro being on parity.
Trailers this was always going to We’ve gone up from 1000 to 6000
be a crowd-pulling event and pull pigs on contract.’
it did.
John was so impressed with the
John Branton, farmer and show that he even went home
agricultural contractor, made the with a new machine too! Proof
long trip right over from Skeffling in that business can still be done at
Holderness. He agreed with Geoff shows.

FarmersMart Spring 2009 53


All smiles amongst the machines

The general feeling of

Alec Lunn, agricultural contractor David Holmes, Simba UK Sales
from Wilton, near Pickering and Manager, was in upbeat mood:

optimism is helping…
featured in the last edition of
‘We’ve seen a very positive start to
Farmers Mart was also at the show.
the New Year. I think farmers are on
His take on the current situation
the whole a bit more positive than
was a little more reserved than
they were at the end o last year
when commodity prices slipped David was also demonstrating the tines down to a depth of 40mm and
‘Things are tightening up all the a bit. At Simba we have seen new SIMBA DTX300 for the first 2 rows of adjustable angled discs
time and you have to watch costs. increased sales and we are more time. down to a depth of 100mm. It is
From a contractor’s point of view than satisfied with the UK market, designed for a particular space in
it’s about keeping your cash flow especially with the hard Autumn ‘To some extent this is an entry
the market - a mounted machine
in the right balance. Now that the and the problems with establishing level machine for some customers
- 3 metre - where there haven’t
Single Farm Payments have come the next crop. We have seen a into a reduced tillage system. It is
been sufficient machines available
through things have speeded up a positive reaction on out of season designed for horsepower between
previously. We have already sold
bit.’ orders and dealers’ stock orders.’ 200-300, with front subsoiling

54 FarmersMart Spring 2009


Talking tractors Thumbs up for John Deere

a good number. Contractors and When the wheat price went back
farmers will generally use it as either down to £80/tonne it did worry all
a primary cultivator or as a separate of us, but it has come back now and
system to run alongside their that is hopefully going to help with
existing plough-based system.’ the optimism many are feeling.’
Rob Doughty looks after the
Darrington operation of Ripon Farm
Ripon Farm Services Ltd
Services on the A1. His thoughts
Dallamires Lane
are very much in tune with the
Ripon, HG4 1TT
farmers in his area.
Tel: 01765 646464
‘I’m hoping that the farming
community is immune to the credit
crunch, and that as prices rise that
will again be mirrored in our sales.

FarmersMart Spring 2009 55



Identifying potential sources of
funding for food waste processing
activities, such as composting and
anaerobic digestion, has become
easier thanks to a new guide
produced by WRAP (Waste &
Resources Action Programme).
The guide lists potential sources
of funding from a range of
organisations covering areas such
as environmental improvements,
business development, and research,
as well as detailing other grant aid
schemes which may be of interest.
There is also a section highlighting
relevant searchable databases and
providing links to useful organisations
and resources.
This is the first time that WRAP has
published a funding guide for food
waste processing, which has been
produced in response to the growing high and we receive a number of identifying funding opportunities of WRAP capital grant funding
number of requests for advice and enquiries from organisations looking as well as putting them in touch schemes are published separately
support. to enter the market or expand their with other useful organisations and on the website prior to launch.
existing activities. resources.”
Claire Kneller from WRAP’s Organics www.wrap.org.uk/composting/
Programme, said: “Interest in “This guide provides people with To access the guide, visit www.
organics recycling is at an all time a quick and simple method of wrap.org.uk/composting. Details


Graham Kraft visits the Massey Ferguson dealership in Selby
After officially opening up their new premises next to Selby Livestock
Market just last year Peacock & Binnington were in ebullient mood when
I visited recently. Branch Manager Marcus Bourne was very pleased with
both the attendance and how the year had gone.
Hosting the open day on market day was a wise move and led to hundreds
of farmers looking over the best in new agricultural equipment, with
Massey Ferguson and Lely-Welger machines very prominent.

56 FarmersMart Spring 2009


Giving something back in Barnsley

Chris Berry visits N&S Moorhouse at Barugh Green
South Yorkshire is often forgotten
about as a farming area, generally
being referred to as a mining
community, but it was a rural
heartland way before the mining
industry started.
Stephen Moorhouse has been
involved in the farm machinery
business in the area for 37 years and
was on hand recently when I visited
the N&S Moorhouse Open Day at
Barugh Green, near Barnsley.
‘We have something special on here
every year - usually an Open Day
and it gives us chance to give our
customers something back, as well
as to showcase what we stock.’
N&S Moorhouse, the other initial customer service and looking after MF5455 and MF5465, but although
in the name is his son Nigel’s, are people. ‘We serve South Yorkshire. some good farm prices are being N&S MOORHOUSE
Massey Ferguson main dealers, and I’ve an unwritten rule that if you can’t made I think a number of people are Cross Grange Garage
they also sell such recognised brand get there in an hour you can’t really talking themselves into doom and Claycliffe Road, Barugh Green
names as Lely, Amazone, Quicke, look after it. We do have customers gloom because of what is happening Barnsley S75 1HS
Teagle, Harry West, Fleming and from further away, but to be fair they nationally.’
Email: nandsmoorhouse@
Pottinger. As a mark of how important find us and want us to look after
Nonetheless there was little doubting btconnect.com
each of these companies see their them rather than us looking for them.
the enduring popularity of N&S
relationship with Stephen and Nigel We will always look after everyone www.nands-moorhouse.co.uk
Moorhouse’s Open Day and you can
all were on show. 100%.’ Mob: Stephen Moorhouse
guarantee that if there is business to
The family connections go much N&S Moorhouse’s farming customers be done they are well placed to do it! 07931 381651
further too, and Stephen’s daughter are usually more of the livestock-
Tammy is also very much a main part oriented variety, but he has a wide
of the team. Stephen is quick to point range of arable farmers too.
to those others who also deserve a ‘We look after all types of farms, but
mention. the way the business has developed
‘Nobody is more important than over the years we do deal basically
anyone else here. We have an with stock people. It’s not that we Diet Feeders &
excellent team and everyone has their had some grand master plan when Compost Machinery
own specific job. Ed Tinker on sales, we started, it’s just the way it has
John Mills on stores, Tony, Ashley happened.’
and Roger on service. Everyone is N&S Moorhouse moved to Barugh Grain & Silage Trailers
vital to our overall success.’ Green from Skelmanthorpe six years 10—14 tonne models available
Various optional extras including
Another main indication of how well ago and Stephen talks of how the
side loading and hydraulic doors
a business is thought of is in how business is going at present.
many customers turn up on the day. ‘We have done well since we came
Moorhouse’s Open Day attracted here. The tractor side is a little bit
hundreds from throughout the area. quiet for us at the moment. Our Dual Spreaders
Stephen has his own feelings about most popular models here are the 1300,1600 & 2000 models available
Optional splash guards.
100% market share

1300EH Round Bale Wrapper

(A.E.A. September 07)

Allows for ‘Wrap & Stack System’

Rear Discharge Spreader
Guarantee no damage to plastic
10 tonne capacity spreader c/w
1 wrapper - 1 loader - 1 man slurry door and in-cab electro/
Wraps & stacks up to 45 bales per hour hydraulic controls
Fits Articulated/Telescopic/Larger Tractor Loaders
Versatile rear or front linkage mounting
Supporting N & S Moorhouse
Harry West (Prees) Ltd, Lower Heath, Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2BT
T. 01948 840465 F. 01948 841055
W. www.harrywest.co.uk E. sales@harrywest.co.uk
t: 0035387 206 2629 e: info@tanco.ie www.tanco.ie

FarmersMart Spring 2009 57

farmstar OPEN DAY

Pulling in the crowds at Marr

Chris Berry visits Farmstar’s Famous Annual Open Day in South Yorkshire
Once again the biggest one-day at what the company had to offer at KRM, Kverneland, Vicon, Richard Managing Director Andrew
agricultural machinery show in Marr, near Barnsley and Doncaster. Western, Kubota, Cousins of Emneth, Waddington and Shaun Husler,
South Yorkshire pulled in the Rau and Bomford. Service Manager, were both on
The Case ih range was once again
crowds from throughout the White hand during the day along with
centre stage, with tractors and Farmstar Ltd began in 1988 and
Rose county and further afield too. representatives from the other
combines catching the eye both this is their ‘Comin g of Age’ year.
Hundreds turned up to sample the Farmstar branches at Market
indoors and outside. The huge range Notable stars of the Farmstar day
famous Farmstar hospitality, meet Weighton, Long Bennington and
of franchises that also includes were the Case ih Axial Flow 9120
up with old friends for the first time Brigg.
the impressive Manitou range of combine and the Kubota M Series
since Christmas and to take a look
materials handlers and telescopics, tractor.

Water Ballast Land

End-tow model with
transport kits - 10ft &
12ft widths

Tandem roller, giving

a rolling width of 16’,
18’, 20’ and 24’.

Wall thickness vary from 6mm 20mm

Rollers available in 5ft - 12ft widths.
Diameters 20in, 30in, 36in, and 40in.
Rear Hydraulic Wheel Kit Rollers, 8ft & 9ft wide

For the name of your local dealer contact our

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Tel. 02843 778 711 Fax. 02843 772 050

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farmstar OPEN DAY


Grove Farm, Church Lane, Marr DN5 7AU
Tel: 01302 786786
Becklands Park Industrial Estate, York Road, Market Weighton YO43 3GA
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Bridge Street, Brigg DN20 8NF
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Tel: 01400 283818

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GRIPPLE plus - the perfect way

Created specifically for terminating onto the line wire, loop the wire In the past, John would simply wrap Gripple Plus is the perfect way to
end-post wires, the Gripple T-Clip around the end-post and push it the wire around the fence-posts to join and tension your fence wires,
is covering new ground, using a through the entry hole. It’s as easy terminate a run, but this was both and now there’s an opportunity to try
specially designed version of the as that: Twist, Clasp, Loop, Insert, laborious and time-consuming. “Our the perfect way to terminate those
world-famous Gripple Plus system. Push – T-Clip. biggest consideration is time, so it’s wires. What’s more, free T-Clips
With patented technology, the a big plus. It used to be awkward will be available on selected rolls of
John Clayton of John Clayton’s
single-channel T-Clip grips the when it came to the end-posts – the stock, deer and horse fencing.
Professional Paddock Care uses the
wire with a spring-held ceramic difficulty in knotting the wire often
Gripple T-Clip to terminate horse-
roller, securing your fence speedily, meant tempers would fray, but the
mesh. The Lincolnshire-based To find out more, contact
effortlessly and neatly. T-Clip has eliminated all of that
fencing contractor feels the product Gripple by e-mail (info@gripple.
It’s the quick and easy way to start is a master-stroke of design. “I can’t com) or phone (0114 275
and end your fence, proven to be at fault it” he said. “As a product, it Now Gripple is offering two T- 2255), or for more information
least four times faster than ungainly does the job perfectly.” Clips absolutely free for every bag visit www.gripple.com
knotting. Simply twist the T-Clip of Medium Gripple Plus you buy.

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The latest tractor series from New remotes, an integrated control panel
Holland incorporates the best of and Electronic Sidewinder makes this
both tractor and harvester driving as up-to-the-minute as you can get.
expertise to bring together a machine The multifunction handle provides
that looks well set to become one electro hydraulic remote controls,
of 2009’s success stories. Eye- Intellisteer to engage the automatic
catching instrumentation which guidance system, headland and turn
features Intelliview, multifunction sequencing, rear linkage raising and


handle, which always returns to lowering, a Powershuttle switch,
its central position, multifunction cruise control and target speed
joystick, EDC mouse, electronic selection and adjustment. Russells


will be running a demonstrator in the
coming months. Call to take a look
at how the T7000 Autocommand
can change the way you think The first hydrogen-powered development to be done before
about tractors. tractor to be shown by any the tractor is on sale in dealers as
manufacturer was unleashed in the tank will presently only hold
Turin and Paris recently. Based enough fuel to power the tractor
on a T6000 the prototype tractor for up to 2 hours, but on-going
runs on hydrogen and oxygen, and development now could be vital
produces nothing in emissions but in 10 years time.
water. There is still a good deal of

SHOP launched
You can now take a look at all of
Contact Russells
our stock, all of the time, on our
new website. Used equipment is
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machines. Why not take a look Northallerton 01609 771727 branches in Northallerton and
at: www.russell.uk.com Eggborough. We will be stocking

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New Holland Auto Command transmission

enhances T7000 tractor range
Drawing on proven technology and Armrest including Intelliview™ • New electronic park brake use is kept to a minimum.
familiar operation styles from New III from the CR combine
 ax permissible gross vehicle T7000 Auto Command will start
Holland’s premium harvest and and touch screen with
of 13,000kg at 50 kph shipping from New Holland’s
forage machines, the T7000 Auto guidance full capabilities
tractor plant in Basildon, England in
Command is built on the success of The new Auto Command
• Five models including the new May 2009.
the T7000 tractor series which was transmission is at the heart of the
225hp T7070 Auto Command™
awarded Tractor of the Year 2008. tractor range and, in combination
flagship model offering Power
with the new multi-function handle, For more information
New Holland has concentrated Boost up to 250 hp/187 kW
offers a smooth seamless application please visit
on comfort and ease of use in the (ECE R120 / ISO 14396) for an
of power that is easy to control and www.newholland.com
development of the T7000 Auto improved power-to-weight ratio
efficiently managed to ensure fuel
Command tractor to enable customer
to achieve the best return on their
The New Holland Auto Command
T7000 tractor range manufactured in
New Holland’s Antwerp Transmission
Plant in Belgium offers:
 ew CVT control system
developed together with
New Holland’s Harvest and
Forage Excellence Centre
in Zedelgem, Belgium
 orced-based Multi-Function
Handle from the FR9000
forage harvester for easy control
and familiar operation,
• New-generation Sidewinder™ II

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The new range of STOLL ROBUST FZ loaders
- distributed in the UK by LYNX ENGINEERING –
feature innovative solutions to improve the
comfort of operation and loading capacity.
Weigh above the rest Get the best view of the action
The FZ loaders are manufactured Stoll FZ loaders now feature parallel
using a very strong, but lightweight motion control rods, which are
fine grain steel. This enables a low- positioned within the frame and
weight construction to help reduce out of the field of vision, creating a
front axle loading. Hydraulic hoses clear front view of operation. Loader
are moved to the underside of the brackets can be mounted closer to
loader arms, improving operator the tractors centre of gravity for improving loading capacity and Stand Firm!
vision whilst maintaining accessibility better handling and easier fitting. reducing spillage during operation.
for service and repair. Another advantage is that windscreen The user-friendly parking stand
can now be easily opened - where Get it off in 60 seconds is suitable for smooth or uneven
Rise up to the challenge surfaces and is easily locked into
previously it was obstructed. Buckets, grabs and other
New Z KINEMATICS parallel place holding the loader firmly in
Waste not want not attachments can be interchanged
motion improves on all areas of position.
quickly with the standard Euro hitch
lifting performance and height by Additional innovations to the system - a quick detach drive-in
introducing new thinking on loader parallel system include the ability system. For more informstion visit
kinematics. to over ride the mechanical control www.lynx-engineering.co.uk

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64 FarmersMart Spring 2009

steven j. dresser

Lost any fuel

Chris Berry talks farm security
with Steven Dresser
There are still many farmers who that it would be great to still be able have fitted and
will leave doors unlocked, or even to leave our doors open and gates it really can give
open, and who have not invested in unlocked without fear of anything peace of mind.’
any form of security other than the happening, but I’m afraid that’s not
Steven tells of BT
odd bolt and key, regardless of the the way the world is today, even in
Red Care being
open invitation they provide. But the countryside. Farmers and farm
the preferred
with an increase in on-farm crime, businesses have been seen as soft
form of on-farm
which generally comes when times targets for those who wish to steal
get tough, the need for greater farm everything from tractors and ATVs to
security is never more prevalent power tools, welders and fuel.’ ‘We are Red Care
than now. installers which that inevitably comes with having
His company Steven J Dresser
links the farm between the security equipment and belongings stolen.
‘Unfortunately there are those who Electrical Contractors Ltd installs
system and a central station. The
will take advantage of farmers who and maintains all manner of security
alarm cannot be tampered with
don’t invest in the appropriate equipment from perimeter beams to For more information contact
or disabled and is highly effective.
security,’ says Steven Dresser, who intruder alarms and CCTV. Steven J. Dresser
Remotely accessible camera
specialises in providing all forms of Electrical Contractors Ltd
‘Fuel storage tanks are the latest area systems are now installed too, so
on-farm equipment in order to ensure The Works, Chapel Street,
to be hit with increasing regularity,’ that the farm owner can simply dial
safety of possessions. ‘Time and Thirsk, North Yorkshire
says Steven. ‘But when hard times into them from a PC. It may well be
money spent wisely now can save YO7 1LU
come there is usually an impact on a sad state of affairs that security is
a lot of hardship and unnecessary Tel: 01845 574691
the amount of farm crime. Security now needed, but at least by having
disappointment later on. We all know Email: office@stevenjdresser.co.uk
equipment doesn’t cost the earth to it you can save yourself the hassle

c h oice
ow er of370hp
P 74 -

David Henderson
Agricultural Engineers
Unit 12 Acomb Ind. Est., Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4SA
Tel: 01434 601 966 • Mob: 0777 8161 839 • Email: valtra@davidhenderson.net

FarmersMart Spring 2009 65

william douglas

Fencing in
the Scottish
Chris Berry talks with
William Douglas
Suma Profi post driver customers all agricultural fencing from plain
don’t come any more full of life wires to stock netting, electric
than William Douglas of Lilliesleaf, fencing and post and rail, and we
between Hawick and Melrose in carry out work throughout the area
the Scottish Borders. William has and further afield too. We became
just retired (at 74), and his son, contractors for Border Union Show
also William, is now the boss. in 1944 and we haven’t stopped
since. All of my pals are farmers.’
He’s the fourth generation William
As well as Border Union Show the
to be in charge,’ says the lively
business - William Douglas & Son
septuagenarian. ‘My grandfather
- also provides all the show ring and
started out in the early 1900s and
penning for the Scottish Horse Show
was originally fencing for a timber
and Kelso Ram Sales. With the
merchant called Turnbull. Today
work they undertake, particularly
it is William and my middle son
at show times, getting it done
Neil who are involved and we also
quickly is very important. That’s
employ one other man. Our work is
why having the right machine is

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william douglas

William Douglas (far right) with, from left to right:

Neil Douglas, Rob Munro, Graham Douglas

A traditional 6 wire puller. This was & still

is used extensively in the Borders.

vital to their business. ‘I’ve known father was a great believer in the work a lot less hard than it once It is good to see a company like
Jock for a long time,’ says William. fact that hard work never killed was. We have taken it right down to William Douglas offering a service
‘The Suma Profi we bought from anybody. It was an age when men Hexham in Northumberland as well and quality of workmanship which
him is a fantastic machine that we lived out in huts and tents in order as using it throughout the Borders. sets an example to all within the
use all the time. It is just so quick to finish a job. Thankfully machines It is excellent for us.’ fencing industry.
and makes the job much easier. My such as the Suma Profi make the

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Choose maize varieties for

earliness and yield
Choosing reliable maize varieties
that are early maturing is essential
for maize growers in the north of
England, but that doesn’t mean
losing out on yield, says Limagrain
UK’s Tim Richmond. There are
varieties that you can rely on to
combine earliness as well as yield
- Destiny has a proven track record
in Yorkshire, and new this year is
Artist, an ultra early variety being
grown for the first time in the
Mr Richmond explains: “Because of
the weather and climate conditions
in Yorkshire and the north of
England, it’s important that only
early maturing varieties are grown
here. These, in effect, require a
shorter growing season than later
maturing ones. This means that the
crop has time to mature, and for the
sugars in the cob to be converted
to starch, by harvest. And harvest
itself, needs to take place before
the wet winter weather sets in. Early maturing maize variety Destiny has a proven track record in Yorkshire,
and has performed consistently well in a range of growing conditions.
“There is today a wide choice of

early maturing varieties. However, under a range of different field

growers should be wary – some situations.”
of the early maturing varieties that
Newly available from WE Jameson’s
were first introduced several years
this season, in limited quantities, is
ago are actually very low in yield
very early maturing variety Artist.
compared to modern varieties. In
This is a product of the LG maize
some cases, yields are 20% below
breeding programme being run by
the performance of established
Limagrain UK (formerly known
newer varieties that have come onto
as Advanta Seeds). Its breeding
the List in the past few years.
combines reliability of performance
One of the early maturing varieties together with the bonus of improved
that does have good yields and whole plant digestibility, derived
has already proven popular with from Limagrain Genetics, giving it
Yorkshire maize growers is Destiny. a high energy value.
Destiny is a maturity class 8 variety When it makes its debut on the
and combines the characteristics NIAB List for 2010, it is predicted
of early maturity with high yield. to be a highly placed maturity
On the NIAB List for 2009, it class 10 and be one of the earliest
yields 16.63t/ha, and 5.67t/ha for maturing varieties available.
Mr Lewis comments: “Artist
Destiny’s outstanding performance certainly looks good on paper. It
in Yorkshire’s marginal climate has promises above average yields of
already been noted by David Lewis bulk, and will be high in quality,
of seed specialists WE Jameson. being starch-rich and highly
He says: “The past two years have digestible. Varieties like this with a
been difficult ones for growing relatively short growing season are
maize. ideal for maize growers here in the
“Despite this, Destiny crops grown
last year were very successful
– their cobs ripened well compared For more information visit
to other varieties, and good starch www..limagrain.co.uk
levels were achieved. In fact,
Destiny has performed consistently
well over the past four years, and

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quality beef in the borders

jennifer mackenzie visits kenny macgregor
he paid 12,000gns for the June get another chance with the bull and
2007 born Overthwaite Chartered, those which are not fertile are sold.
one of three bulls in the sale to make
As well as good fertility, good
five figures for Lancashire-based
temperament is another important
breeders RS Harker, Overthwaite,
characteristic for Kenny who runs
Holme, Carnforth, to use to breed
the cattle on his own as well as
herd replacements from his own
doing contracting work.
heifers and build herd numbers up
to 100 cows. He has his own mower and a new
435 Welger baler which he uses
“He took my eye because he is a
for his own silage and for other
stylish bull with a sweet head and
contracting work. He also has a 25ft
plenty of width,” said Kenny. “He is
livestock trailer.
by the prolific AI sire Sympa which
is very easy calving and out of the The cows are fed ad lib silage up to
dam UVA. calving. Calves have access to creep
feed from birth. They are fed barley,
“I’m looking to produce the best I
dark grains and sugar beet pulp to a
can from the best of females and
maximum of 2.5 kg a day to prevent
bulls I can afford. My philosophy is
them putting on too much flesh,
that it costs as much to produce a
along with ad-lib silage.
good calf as a bad one so you may
as well go for quality,” he added. The spring born calves are weaned
Kenny MacGregor
a month after housing. They are
The herd is predominantly spring
vaccinated against pneumonia at
calving, with 50 to calve in the
Beef farmer Kenny MacGregor he makes 700 bales of silage off 35 housing and wormed at turnout.
spring and the remainder in the
runs a successful enterprise on the acres in a one year ley in the arable
autumn. Cows which are not in calf
Scottish Border – and he doesn’t rotation at East Loan End.
own or rent a farm!
Most of the herd replacements
Kenny’s career in farming goes back are bought as bulling heifers from
to 1975 when he first started work, Hexham and Carlisle markets and
however when redundancy followed calves are easily sold privately at 10
10 years later he decided to become months old with bullocks averaging
self employed and bought six £670 and heifers £620.
Limousin cross heifers at Bellingham
While he doesn’t find much time for
Mart and it all started from there.
showing cattle these days, in the
He kept the heifers in buildings at past he has won the suckled calf
East Loan End farm just west of championships at Wooler and the
Berwick and one of his neighbours former Rothbury market on a regular
was the Limousin enthusiast Robert basis and one Limousin bullock went
Crichton who bred the famous bull on to be shown at the Birmingham
Broadmeadows Cannon. Winter Primestock Show.
By that time Kenny had bought Heifer replacements are Limousin
another five heifers and he bought sired out of British Blue crosses with
a bull from Robert Crichton to run the aim of producing a top quality
with his newly established herd. calf when put back to the Limousin
“Robert was a great influence on
me and the bull I bought from him, At last year’s Carlisle March two
Tweed Fellow by Virginia Action, day sale of suckled calves he paid
bred a lot of quality calves for me £1,200 for a stylish in calf heifer
that went on to be shown – one from Len Skelton, of Low House,
of them took a third prize ticket at Maryport.
Smithfield,” said Kenny. “The bull
Kenny is also prepared to invest in
lasted for 11 years.”
his stock bulls and in 2007 he paid
More than two decades on, Kenny 6,500gns for Wilodge Adjudicator,
now runs 65 suckler cows, housing bred by Christine Williams, of
them during the winter from mid Shifnal, Shropshire, the full brother
October to mid April in buildings to the 30,000gns Wilodge Tonka
rented from long time family friend sold at Carlisle in October 2003.
Mrs Margery Taylor at East Loan Both are by the French bred bull,
End who helps with the cattle in the Oxygene.
He has had a high level of fertility
For summer grazing he rents 70 and only one of the 65 females he
acres of grass parks eight miles ran with proved not to be in calf.
away over the Scottish Border and
At the February 2009 Carlisle sale

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Rain doesn’t dampen the spirit

Chris Berry talks with Richard Bramley of Kelfield
Last year’s harvest was challenging
enough for most arable farmers.
Whilst the deluge of rain did not
compare to the flash floods of
2007 in terms of the amount that
fell over a short period of time its
longevity was enough to cause
many farmers serious problems.
The arable farmers in the flatlands
of the Vale of York and the East
Riding were particularly affected,
and for Richard Bramley at Manor
Farm, Kelfield it was a difficult time
and one which has impacted on his
farm, as he was not able to drill as
many acres as he would have in
‘Drying expenses were much higher
for all of us and there was a loss
in quality in the crop overall. That’s
because in early September very
nearly one-third of our land was
flooded, with water coming over the
top of our ings land.’
Nearly half of Richard’s potato crop
was in danger of being totally under
water too, but in the end he only Richard Bramley of Manor Farm
lost around one acre’s worth. Not a
bad result given the incessant rain
which finally abated in October after normally one-third done by then.’ were busy grading them. Overall Their cropping is vital to the farm’s
a seven week stint of continuous they were in buoyant mood. existence as they have 490 acres
When I arrived at Manor Farm in
downpours. of land in all, at both Kelfield and
January Richard and his father, also They grow Hermes and Saturna for
Riccal and the farm is wholly
‘We didn’t manage to drill any wheat Richard, had just finished lifting the Walker’s, which makes up 85% of
arable-based. There is no livestock
at all in September, whereas we are last of the 2008 potato crop and their crop, and Saxon and Estima
enterprise to fall back on.
for the supermarket trade.
They grow 137 acres of wheat, 110
One of the reasons why there is
of spring/winter barley, 70 acres
always a degree of concern in the
of potatoes, 60 sugar beet, 56 oil
wet weather is that the Bramleys’
seed rape, 23 beans and have 34
farming operation is next to the
in stewardship.
River Ouse. Whilst they are used to
it flooding it normally occurs in the The two Richards are second and
winter when it is not as damaging. third generation farmers with
Richard tells of floods occurring Richard (Jr)’s grandfather having
with lesser regularity than has been come here in 1935 from South
the case in recent times. Duffield.

G.A. LiddLe & Son

AGricuLturAL contrActorS
• Combine harvesting • Corn drilling
• Sugar beet harvesting with • Sugar beet side-hoeing
a new 6 row beet harvester • Manure spreaders for hire

We are pleased to be associated with richard Bramley

and wish him continued success for the future

Tel: 01757 268 449 or 01757 268 639

Mob: 07850 705 185 or 07889 677 642
Town End Close Farm, 5 Ryther Road, Cawood, Selby, YO8 3TR

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“I am a strong supporter of using technology appropriately

and not just for the sake of it” - richard bramley
Richard had just returned from a cereals this coming autumn.’ Richard still feels there have been about not having used them as
Combinable Crops conference when blessings along the way though. much as I am a strong supporter
That’s something that is certainly
I visited and told me that there was With drilling having been delayed, of using technology appropriately
reflected in current forward prices
very much a feeling of optimism, and in some cases not being and not just for the sake of it. We
and is fuelled by a combination of
despite the fact that grain prices undertaken at all in the autumn, are a member of LEAF and very
currency values and big purchasing
had come down from their heights pesticides that would normally have much believe in taking the sensible
countries such as India and China.
they achieved at the back end of been applied when the wheat was approach to agriculture and the
2007 and into early 2008. One of the concerns which was drilled, have not been used at all. environment.’
raised though was the knock-on
‘Generally everyone was reasonably ‘Not using them was partly down to Richard is married to Brig, and they
effect of damaged soil structure if
optimistic about the outlook for the conditions that we had, but I have three children - Conna, Liam
wet conditions prevail for further
cereals. The feeling was that prices didn’t feel they were as warranted and Niamh.
are more likely to go upwards for this year. I’m not unduly concerned

Call Richard Foss 01430 430 500

Visit NFU Mutual Office, 11 High Bridge
Howden, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 7SU

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tim gibson / leggott

fourth astronaut lands at smeaton

George and Andrew Leggott expand their dairy herd
Not many farmers would be they have seen several changes
celebrating a birthday by putting and reported better results. George
in a milking robot with some of the states “We now have time to look
concerns facing dairy farmers at the after the cows properly.” Every 3
moment. months they meet with their vet and
feed consultant. Cows are dried off
But George and Andrew Leggott have
with teat sealant and antibiotics as
just marked a 20th anniversary by
a routine, but milking with the free
purchasing another Lely Astronaut
access Lely robot system is ensuring
milking robot. They currently already
that the cows are getting milked
have 3 Lely Astronaut A2 robots
more frequently. Andrew says “The
installed at White House Farm, at
system enables mastitis to be seen
Great Smeaton near Northallerton.
sooner, and it has the tools to help
The recent purchase was done 20
with control when used correctly”
years to the month since George
took over the farm from his father, The introduction this month of a
to farm it on his own with 60 cows. 4th robot is key to an expansion
George started with a 5:10 parlour plan which has seen a few changes
and the 60 cows he took over he in the last year. The aim is to have All of this automation and changes one man between us!”
registered as pedigree under the 250 cows milking, and have a level has enabled George to take a lesser
When asked to make a final comment
name “Cocklewood Holsteins” supply of milk from all 4 robots. active role on the farm day to day,
George added, “We wouldn’t have
leaving son Andrew with their student
The herd now stands at 200 milking A new shed was erected 2 years ago bought another robot if we weren’t
Simon Armstrong to manage things
cows plus followers. They currently to house 2 of the robots, and this happy with them!”
day to day. Simon currently attends
have an expansion plan to be milking was of the latest design. It has an
Askham Bryan College at Bedale
250 within the year and have all the automated ventilation curtain down For more Information contact
one day a week, and George is also
heifers in the system to grow the the southern side and the cows lie Tim Gibson Ltd
a Farmer Director for the Arla Milk
numbers to achieve this. in Cubicles with Mattresses which 01677 424284
Partnership and is one of 3 farmers
have slatted passages to keep the 07711 257776
Having used Lely Astronauts for 2 representing the North East. George
building cleaner.
years milking on average 180 cows says that “me and Simon count as

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william byass

William’s Way at Bishop Burton

Chris Berry talks with William Byass at Lings Farm
Put yourself into a different world, the woodlands and
perhaps that of a bird or a rabbit. hedges, would make
If you had the option of living in it really worthwhile.
the middle of a field full of stubble We have been doing a
and open to all of the elements, or little of that anyway. In
alternately in the cover of hedges those strips, alongside
and woodland, with a plentiful the woodlands, you
supply of feed and warmth, which then ensure there
would you be inclined to choose? is sufficient cover,
as well as food, for
It’s easy isn’t it? And it makes great
the wildlife, and
common sense, rather than the
that creates a much
nonsense that exists in keeping such
better habitat than
as William Byass’ 60 acre field at
simply leaving a field
Bishop Burton down to stubble from
completely untouched.
last year’s harvest.
We’re intending to
It has not been enough to provide grow Miscanthus, kale,
useful cover, and it’s doing no-one beans, sunflowers and
any favours, whether you’re the millet in our strips,
farmer or you are a bird or other which will combine
wildlife creature. both food and cover.’
He believes DEFRA is, largely, ‘Next week we will be
William Byass of Lings Farm, Bishop Burton
doing the right things. It’s just sowing this field (part
that he understands his own land of his 525 acre arable
perhaps better than most, and how farming operation, which he runs thousands of geese coming over in here, we’ve lots of them - and plenty
it could work more effectively to with his son Leonard) with Canadian a morning and landing in this field. of skylarks too. There will be plenty
complement both arable production Red Wheat on contract for Hovis What a wonderful sight that was. more as well if my suggestions are
and conservation management, through local merchant Gleadalls. taken up.’
‘I read recently that there is some
‘Look at this’, says William, as he They are keen to get British-sourced
sort of shortage of lapwings, but not
points out to his field that rolls away wheat and it should grow pretty well
on the chalk and limestone folds here as most of our land is Grade 2,
of the Yorkshire Wolds at his Lings with some Grade 1.’
Farm, where he was born and has Lings Farm at Bishop Burton is high
lived all his life since 1934. ‘What quality East Riding arable cropping
value is it meant to have? The idea land. William and Leonard grow
is that by leaving this field to stubble wheat, barley, malting barley, peas
it will be full of birds - but it isn’t and oil seed rape here and almost
working. There is no cover and on without question the farm produces
a hard winter’s day where is the an excellent yield.
wildlife going to go? In here or over
Pheasants, partridge, lapwings
there in the woodland? What I’m
and skylarks are all to be found on
suggesting, since we’re being asked
William’s farm, evidence of his own
for our suggestions, is something
attempts at wildlife conservation so
that would be far more beneficial for
far. His only disappointment is the
wildlife. Wider strips at the side of
lack of geese that the farm used to
a field, rather than whole exposed
attract every year.
fields, maybe coming out about 30
yards into the field from bordering ‘At one time we would have

Martin Hancock
Landrover Specialist

We are pleased to be associated with

William Byass
and we wish him continued success for the future.

Mob: 07831 622 451

FarmersMart Spring 2009 73


UK all-breeds record average – 85% of the Fieldson Herd, Poplar
clearance – sale grosses £745,000 Farm, Corringham, Gainsborough,
– 17 bulls at 10,000gns and over Lincolnshire who said, “It was
– Junior bulls average £6,151 an exceptional show of modern
Limousin bulls predominantly for the
In a spectacular day’s trading, a new
commercial suckler man and very
UK all-breeds record sale average
level in quality throughout.”
of £5688 was set at the Carlisle
Limousin Bull Sale held on Saturday The top price of the day at 23,000gns
14th February at Borderway Mart. went to the classy Reserve Supreme
Demand from a standing room only Champion Goldies Comet. Bred
crowd saw 17 bulls sell at 10,000gns and shown by BT Goldie, Townfoot
or over with 42 in all selling at Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries, this 16
5,500gns or more. 131 bulls of the month old junior bull is an AI son
154 forward sold to all parts of the of the 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic
UK which was representative of an and is out of the noted Goldies
85% clearance rate. The depth in Vitality whose dam is a full sister to
trading saw a bull sale gross just the prolific Goldies Terence.
shy of three quarters of a million at
Standing second in his class to the what was a tremendous sale for the numbers and buyers are investing
£745,128. On Friday evening, 102
top price bull was Goldies Conquest Limousin breed. Limousin cattle are heavily in their own future with great
heifers had traded to average £1588
from the same home and also sired driving the UK market and today’s confidence.”
giving an overall two day sale gross
by Wilodge Vantastic. sale is indicative of the fact that
of £910,000.
Following the sale, British Limousin there is a real price differential for
Friday’s pre-sale show had For any further information
Cattle Society Chief Executive Limousin cattle in the market place
demonstrated the depth of quality please contact BLCS
congratulated the breeders on the with the carcase quality, yield,
bulls on offer in all age categories of Chief Executive, Iain Kerr,
quality of the bulls forward and consistency and conformation at any
the catalogue and this was picked on 02476 696500
commented, “An all-breeds UK weight that is demanded. Limousin
up on by the judge Michael Fieldson breeders are providing the goods in
record sale average put the cap on

Fri 1st - Sat 2nd May
Bull Sale
H & H T: 01228 640921

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is launched!
Omorga Volvo has
been selected by
EBLEX and the
British Simmental
Society as their
choice for this year’s
YBPS Scheme.
Volvo, has the
very desirable
combination of high
growth rates, easy
calving and high
milk figures, which
combine to give him
a Terminal Production Index of 29, Shanehill Herd 22 Ballydougan
which is in the top 5% of the Breed Road, Craigavon, Co. Armagh.
and a Self Replacing Index of 39 The Simmental Society is so pleased
which is in the top 1% of the Breed. with the quality of the bull that they
He was bred by H. J. W. & J. C. have acquired additional semen for
Moore, 115 Church Rd, Coolesker, distribution to members to maximise
Beragh, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and the benefits and information
also has a mass of outstanding resulting from the bull’s performance
Semenstore.co.uk, the one-stop Price; Pedigree and Visual appeal. breeding behind him, to back up his recorded progeny.
semen shop website has been Best sellers; New Arrivals; Proven EBVs including Carnkern Titan and
officially launched and is open Sires; Royalty Sires; Special For more information visit
for business. Offers; Company Bulls & Classified Raceview King. The bull is currently www.britishsimmental.co.uk
listings will be amongst the other owned by Barry Chambers of the
The e-commerce site has been
search headings.
built and introduced by Limousin
Solutions Ltd, the trading Particular searches on performance
company set up by the British traits or combinations of traits
Limousin Cattle Society. include:
Semenstore will enable Easy Calving; Gestation Length;
prospective purchasers in the UK, Muscle; Milk; Growth & Beef
and abroad, to browse, consider, Value. An interface with the
find and purchase the semen BASCO livestock database will
of their choice, there and then, also allow purchasers to drill
online. down fully on back pedigrees and
performance information. Vendors
For those selling semen,
entering semen will also have the
semenstore.co.uk will market
choice of putting progeny pictures
bulls in a professional, co-
on their entries and supplying
ordinated and efficient manner.
video footage of the given animal
Most importantly, it will collect all
that will be playable on the site.
monies due, credit accounts on
a monthly basis accordingly, and Semenstore is a world wide web
look after all aspects of storage, based initiative and semen can be
delivery and stock maintenance purchased and delivered, through
on the seller’s behalf. Taking out automation, to any postal address
the admin and work involved in the UK.
in semen selling will be a major
The initial launch of the
benefit for vendors.
semenstore.co.uk website is
A unique feature of semenstore. focussed on a strong Limousin
co.uk will be the variety of search base. It is however very much an
criteria available. Easy to navigate, aim to incorporate other breeds
purchasers will have the ability to or species where there is demand
search easily for the semen that and interest and the site has been
most fits their requirements and built with this required flexibility.
according to varied criteria.
Just some of the searches that
The Semenstore
will be immediately available
website address is
within semenstore.co.uk include:
By name; Performance figures;

FarmersMart Spring 2009 75

ELLIOTTs of weardale

herefords AND holidays

jennifer mackenzie visits the elliotts of weardale
A small farm high in the Pennine
Dales of County Durham hosts many
visitors each year and is home to a
herd of pedigree Hereford cattle.
When Jan and Harry Elliott took on
Low Cornriggs Farm, Cowshill in
Weardale in 1989 the farmhouse
was home to cattle and goats.
After much refurbishment over the
years the farmhouse now offers bed
and breakfast at AA four star yellow
rating (highly recommended and in
the top 10 per cent of the rating).
And two new holiday cottages, in
their fourth season in 2009, are at
the highest rating by the English
Tourist Board for self catering
accommodation with five stars.
The 30-acre farm runs to up to
1,800ft where the Hereford cattle
graze during the summer months
– probably the highest kept Hereford
herd in the country.
The breed perfectly complements
the Elliotts’ emphasis on looking
after the environment. All the farm is Jan and Harry Elliott
in an SSSI and the North Pennines
They invested in a stock bull, when she was a young girl in south The cows are very fertile and easy
The Elliotts ran Herefords Greenyards Ajax, the half brother Yorkshire. calving - there has been no need to
commercially until about 10 years of Greenyards Archie, the Hereford assist any calvings in six years.
“There is a big revival of interest
ago and when they re-stocked after Cattle Society’s bull of the year in
in the breed,” said Harry. “A lot The cows go to the summer grazing
2001’s foot and mouth epidemic 2007.
of people are going for Herefords a mile and a half away from the
they took the opportunity to set up
Now the Cornriggs herd numbers because of the eating qualities of the farm steading at the beginning of
a pedigree herd.
13 females, six of the Elliotts’ own meat and the marbling of the flesh May where they calve in September,
They bought the best they could breeding, and including six cows. and the fact that they are very docile weather permitting returning to the
afford, initially five heifers from to look after. farm in October.
Harry is chairman of the North
Ronald and Robert Wilson’s Cartbog
of England Hereford Breeders “Traditionally, they were bred to Animals not retained for breeding
herd near Kelso.
Association which now boasts 53 produce tallow and fat as well and are slaughtered at the local abattoir
That autumn the Elliotts had members. people think of the meat as being and then are sold to a waiting list of
planned to go to the Canadian Beef fat but today’s genetics are aimed at customers in 15kg boxes of a variety
The breed’s docility and ease of
Expo show and the Wilsons kept producing quality meat. of cuts.
handling is one of the attributes
the heifers until their return and
attracting new breeders, particularly “Our cows thrive during the summer Because of the environmental
even bulled them with Critchley
women, says Jan, who remembers on traditional meadow allotments at constraints of the farm where
the predominance of the breed almost 2,000 ft above sea level.” meadows are home to important

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ELLIOTTs of weardale

species of flora and fauna, the category. Among his repertoire of

Hereford herd number is now at mainly sweet dishes is a Tiramisu.
its optimum although it will be
The bed and breakfast business OLD STONE VETS
developed through progressive
attractors guests year-round, 6 Skelgillside, Alston
particularly during the winter when
Cumbria, CA9 3TR
While just a small number of it snows as there are three ski tows
pedigrees have been sold for within a nine mile radius. Tel: 01434 381792
breeding, an Ajax sired heifer made Fax: 01434 381409
Among them are people from abroad
1,500gns at the last sale in Carlisle.
tracing their ancestral heritage in the
There are two heifers and a bull to
be entered for the May Carlisle sale.
When keen horsewoman Jan
The Elliotts have started showing
decided to close her riding stables
their pedigree Herefords helped by
at Low Cornriggs six years ago the
14 year old Richard Dent – proof of
redundant building was knocked
the animals’ docility. Last year the
down to provide the two purpose
herd picked up a first and a third
built holiday cottages with wide Giving farmers educational talk on farm Scanning Alpaca’s for pregnancy The dirty end!
ticket at both Penrith and Stanhope
views across the valley.
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tysons of stepney hill farm

Cutting a new niche at Stepney Hill

Chris Berry talks with the forward thinking Tysons
Location, Location, Location! It’s ‘The breed suits our land here. They After that we’re pretty much into It is often said that timing is everything
not just a TV series, it’s also what don’t eat their heads off and they are silage time. We’ve recently purchased and James’ move into contracting
the Tysons of Stepney Hill Farm, easily managed.’ a Vicon baler with a 14 knife chopper couldn’t have come at a better time
near Scarborough believe stands system and I really think that will as another local contractor opted to
John is also well-known in the area
them in good stead for the future draw in even more work for us this scale down his operations.
for hedge laying, mole catching and
- especially with what they have in year. That’s because we’ve found that
drystone walling. ‘We picked up a few customers that
mind. sheep, cattle and calves can then get
way,’ says James. ‘And we also won
James’ specialism is contracting. the silage into them quicker. The
John Tyson came here in 1964 and a big contract wrapping bales.’
In just a short time since going into heifers and bullocks are now eating
today’s farming operation sees he
the agricultural contracting business 25% more silage per day. We’ve also The Tysons’ commitment to their long
and his two sons Ashley and James
he has developed a customer base invested in a straw and silage blower term future is particularly evident in
running a business where they own
of around 35 farmers and last year that fluffs it up and that means they the machinery they have purchased
60 acres and rent a further 340.
saw him making 10,000 bales. He also tend to be able to eat better. It in recent times and they have just
The three of them all work together also plants potatoes for local grower saves buying supplementary feeds taken on their second Fendt tractor
but each has their own specialist Jimmy Stockdale and operates a mill for the sheep and a lot of time as from Brockhills.
area. John looks after the sheep, and mix service during the winter. well, enabling me to concentrate on ‘We’ve invested in another because
where they are lambing mainly Texel other jobs.’
‘Whilst dad and Ashley are lambing our existing Fendt has worked so well.
X ewes.
I’m helping Jimmy plant potatoes. It’s done 13,000 hours. But I could
be out baling whilst another tractor
is needed to cut grass. This time
we’ve gone for one with increased
horsepower - a 415.’
Now you might think, what has
this all to do with location? That’s
where Ashley comes in - well all of
them actually, but this is where he
particularly comes into his own. For
a while now the Tysons have been
supplying boxed meat - firstly to
family and friends and now further
‘Our location, on the edge of
Scarborough, means that we have
75,000 people on our doorstep to
supply meat to. We started selling
lamb direct to the public two years
ago and we are currently selling lambs
and pork to Peppers Restaurant in
Scarborough. The feedback has been
brilliant and we have just had our
plans passed to put in a cutting room
and cold room.’
On the cattle side the Tysons have
normally bought around 30 calves
from local farms and at Ruswarp
Market but Ashley would like to see
Ashley, John and James Tyson
that figure move up substantially to

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100 calves from this year. any one time. slaughter, but we’ll then get the under their feet for too long.
carcase brought back and hang it
‘The calves we buy normally range ‘Every one of our pigs goes direct ‘I think farming is in a good position
in our own cold room for our own
from between two to seven weeks to our customers,’ says Ashley. ‘We at the moment. A farm has to be run
desired number of days. That’s
old. We get them and then feed don’t buy-in any feed for them either. as a business and that’s what we’re
very important to us because our
them on. We’ve done quite well with They are all naturally-fed on bread, doing here. All three of us!,’ says
customers are looking for mature
them and take them right through to barley and fodder beet, for sweetness James.
meat which therefore needs hanging
between 2 and 2 ½ years old. Up and fat.’
as long as possible. This way we’re
until now we’ve generally sold them
Having their own cutting room and more in control of what we are For more information contact
as stores but now we’re aiming to
cold room is something that excites producing and the size of our cuts.’ JM Tyson & Sons
finish the lot here.’
Ashley, as he firmly believes that they Stepney Hill Farm, Stepney Road
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the way their business is progressing
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FarmersMart Spring 2009 79

john gatenby

Getting back to the farm

Chris Berry talks with John Gatenby about his two years as NFU YORK
EAST County Chairman
Two very wet Summers, flooding,
foot-and-mouth scares, Bluetongue.
It’s not been the smoothest of
chairmanship tenures for John
Gatenby who farms at Littlethorpe,
Rudston in the East Riding with
his wife Christine. But that’s just a
few of the things John has had to
cope with in his two year term as
York East County Chairman, which
came to a close recently.
‘It’s been an interesting learning
curve,’ he says. ‘I was very involved
in the aftermath of the flooding and
attended masses of meetings. I
think the councils now have a better
understanding of the impact on the
rural community.’
John has strong views on the recent
proposals from the Environment
Agency and how they will affect
the area. ‘East Yorkshire is being
attacked from three sides. We
have a coastal strategy of managed
retreat, a Humber strategy and John Gatenby

now a River Hull strategy. If they 600 head of cattle. So how easy
carry on like this there will only be was it to combine the running of

P. Gardham
half of Holderness left. We need his farm with the complexities of
to convince them of the value of tackling a miriad of issues he faced
food security and food production through his term with the NFU?
on some of the most valuable land
SPeCialiST in STeel FraMed aGriCulTural buildinGS in the country, but politically they
‘There have been times when
I’ve left the farm in the morning
appear very short of money for
and come back from wall-to-wall
capital projects and maintenance.’
We are pleased to support meetings at 11pm with cattle still
John’s family has farmed at to be fed. In my worst week I had
Mr John Gatenby and wish him and Littlethorpe since 1903 when his 16 meetings planned at different
his family well in the future great-grandfather, William Wilson, locations.’
came to the farm. Today’s farming
Handling a role as demanding
operation runs to 600 acres, which
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chairmanship of a county NFU area
is obviously something that no-one
goes into lightly, given the lack of
numbers of workers on farms these
days. Did John feel he was prepared
well enough for what he faced?
‘I think everybody reacts to
situations in different ways. I enjoy
a challenge. I have one person
working on the farm here and a
young student. How I dealt with
things was to adopt a policy of
doing the bits I could, or the bits
I particularly enjoyed, and anything
I couldn’t do or wasn’t happy
with I would delegate to someone
else. That way everything was
always covered.’
John’s own belief is that the future
of farming is in specialisation,
and that’s how he has moved his
farming operation at Littlethorpe.
‘When I was very young we had
a bit of everything apart from
poultry. We had 2 or 3 dairy cows,
pigs, sheep and cattle, but we’ve
gradually concentrated on specialist
cereal production, letting some land
out for potatoes, and developing
our cattle business. The farming
industry is getting more and more
intensive and there isn’t really the “Home produced material values are on the up,
scope for smaller units. All of my
cattle go deadweight to an abattoir whilst everything else seems to be on the down.
in Wakefield, and I deal with them
because the abattoir manager is Thank you very much Gordon Brown.”
a very reliable person and I deal
on trust.’ instead or fade quietly into the

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Whilst the rest of the UK economy is back on his farm?
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for some time. John has his own people to come forward in the years
views on that too. to come. We have those who have
expressed their intentions to be
‘Home produced material values involved for at least the next six
are on the up, whilst everything else years, by which time I’ll be a bit long
seems to be on the down. Thank in the tooth for it all. I don’t intend
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Always looking ahead at Brompton

Chris Berry talks with Brian Glaves
Butcher, farmer and abattoir done the right thing.
Brian Glaves
operator, that’s how Brian Glaves
‘We were well looked after by people
describes himself, and he has
like Paddy Wrightson auctioneering
established a formidable reputation
at Seamer, and we had a very good
in North Yorkshire since he took
bank manager, but up until Christmas
over what used to be Colin Croft’s
I thought we were going to go under.
business in Brompton-by-Sawdon in
The week before Christmas we worked
our insides out and banked £1000.
‘I started working for this local That was our real beginning.’
village butcher’s shop on a night,
Brian and Doreen decided to alter
after working during the day with my
the shop front, which had previously
father on the farm he managed. I got
been a barn with 2 doors, and give it
the taste for butchering and in 1958
a shop window.
Colin gave me the opportunity to
come into the trade fully. He showed ‘We knocked it about and then came
me every little bit about butchery and the big decision in 1979. We had to
slaughtering.’ either close the abattoir or develop it.’
When Colin turned ill in 1968 Brian If that wasn’t a big enough investment
had his first experience of buying then the next move was the one that
beasts at Seamer Market. really showed Brian’s intent.
‘Colin told me to remember that ‘All around us were farm buildings and wondered why we didn’t make farmhouse was worth more than the
‘when you get ‘em bought we want that belonged to the Duchy of it bigger.’ rest completely.
some profit’. Lancaster. They were derelict and I
had made approaches to the Duchy, The upshot was that wheels began ‘It was our first real stroke of luck
In 1972 Brian bought the business for turning and Brian and Doreen and from there on we were able to
but to no avail. Then one day Sir Paul
£6,000, but when he took just three ended up buying the land, plus the redevelop the site as we wanted. We
Bryan, the MP for Howden, who had
shillings on his first day he wondered 4-bedroomed house next door for borrowed another large amount and
a property in the area came in the
whether he and his wife Doreen had £75,000. Within 6 months the built a brand new slaughter area,
shop and said how busy we were,

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boning room and lairage all to full
EEC specification.’ Customers at Brian Glaves’ shop

The Glaves’ business today

incorporates a lot of hotel and pub
business, but they have also expanded
their retail side, upgrading the shop,
including a bakery alongside the beef,
lamb, pork and fresh daily pies. They
have a thriving breakfast business
too and also sell beef sandwiches
and soup on a lunchtime.
They also run two smallholdings,
which both Brian and Doreen’s sons
‘James, as well as being in charge,
runs a pedigree Angus herd and
Anthony runs the sheep side of our
operation which includes pedigree
Texels, Suffolks, Leicester Longwool
and South Downs as well as the
commercials that come through the
Brian was a very big livestock market pigs and 15-20 cattle. We also look Always one to look at where his who controls the abattoir has been
supporter until 1996 when BSE and after a local butcher or two and local business is coming from Brian speaks with me 28 years and David Harrison
then subsequently FMD hit farming, farmers.’ of the 30-48 month old market as ‘Harry’ 27 years. They and the rest of
but he has been back at markets in being his next target. the team are very much all part and
Brian is also now one of the most
the last 18 months. He buys from parcel of the business.’
prominent names in the stock ‘It’s a possible opportunity for us. I am
Ruswarp and Malton as well as buying judging world. He recently completed in negotiation in acquiring a special
a lot of cattle from local farmers. his stint as President of the Royal licence to slaughter 30-48 month BW & DJ Glaves
‘We get 90% of our pigs direct from Smithfield Club and has strong views old cattle. You’ve got to keep looking 37 Cayley Lane
farms, nearly 90% of the sheep that on its future. ahead and that’s what Doreen and I Brompton, YO13 9DL
go through the business now come have always done. I’m very fortunate Mob: 07968 155320
‘I knew it wasn’t going to work at
from our own flock, as do 50% of the that Doreen has always given me her Tel: 01723 859523
the Bath & West. You can’t get the
cattle. Our throughput in the abattoir full backing no matter what. We have
Scottish boys to go there. I thought
is now 70-80 lambs a week, 25 a great team here too. Andy Lakin,
Harrogate was and is ideal for it.’

FarmersMart Spring 2009 83

leanne skelton of halifax

Leanne leaps towards self-sufficiency

ben gallon visits leanne skelton of halifax
We arrived at Nunnery Farm via a
winding, meandering country road, Leanne Skelton
surrounded by miles of rising and
falling Yorkshire countryside. The
rolling hills came into view after a
mountainous rise up road, and we
were surprised to enter such silent
isolation so soon after leaving the
heady commotion of Halifax town
We were met by Leanne Skelton
and her five gorgeous dogs, three of
which are registered therapy dogs,
and were invited into her marvellous
abode for a coffee and a chat about
her farm and the many merits of self-
“Without a doubt, the best decision I
have made is to become completely
self-sufficient,” She says, “Everybody
should try it. To sit down and eat a
Sunday roast knowing that you’ve
had a hand in producing everything conviction she is all set to carry into For Leanne it has been an interesting arm was black and blue from the
on that plate is a great feeling. You her new responsibility as secretary for journey to get to this point. Mrs vehement beak of the goose.
know where everything has come the Halifax show, so for all who are Skelton only became a small-scale
from and just how organic and fresh Not that this halted Leanne’s feel
set to visit, be prepared to witness a farmer when she moved to Wainstalls
it all is.” for farm life, soon after this she
thriving Farmers market. with her husband Robin who is a
purchased two pigs at 8 weeks old,
Leanne makes no secret of her lawyer and business partner in Leeds.
Leanne specializes in rare breeds, keeping them until 26 weeks and
opinions on sourcing from local Leanne had no experience on a farm
as she is “passionate about saving then replacing them with 4 more.
produce. As far as she’s concerned, growing up in the hectic municipal of
them and by eating the produce of From then on, Leanne began focusing
it’s the only way. A stress free life Salford, having previously worked in
rare breeds, the continued existence on the pigs, the supply of high quality
for the animals, fed on healthy a Manchester office.
of the United Kingdom’s native farm pork being a major aspect of her
organic diets is ultimately going to animals can be secured.” The Skelton’s live in a terrific farm farming life.
be reflected in the taste. And it’s a house, with majestic views and nearly
Leanne then bought 3 lambs from
four acres of land to house their many
a farmer in nearby Hebden Bridge
farm animals. A giant barn sits at the
and though originally intended to be
side of their home and is prime for
sold for meat, Leanne had trouble
any renovation work the pair may
raising the lambs, and they would
have in mind for the future.
often break into the house to sleep.
When they arrived Mrs Skelton had The lambs won over Leanne’s heart
no farm animals but soon started out and are now kept strictly as pets. The
with a few chicks and geese. Not next additions were more chickens,
long after, she was at the mercy of ducks and an outside vegetable
her farming neighbours when the patch, paving the way for complete
geese escaped – flying off into a self-sufficiency. Leanne then
nearby stream where they remained completed her farmyard collection
until reluctantly recaptured. Trudging with the acquisition of two beautiful
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Upsurge in Farm
show at local events. In the name of often in the form of the customers of
advancement, Leanne now has 11 the local country pub.
highlands based at a friend’s farm

Equipment Thefts
Since Leanne started farming she
in Luddenden, the first cow having
began to visit many of the shows
been killed off for beef. One of her
that are held throughout the farming
highland’s is currently at a farm in
community, showing her animals

says Broker
Chester with a carefully selected bull
and sometimes picking up awards.
for breeding, and will return to the fold
Alongside her dogs’ victories at
in early spring with the calf hopefully
Crufts, Leanne and her cows have
being born early next year. Leanne
come home with the best yearling
was pleasantly surprised last August
at Honley, 1st cow and calf at
with the birth of the first Nunnery
Westmorland and many more
Farm heifer calf “Ceidith Ruadh” of
number ones throughout the district.
Nunnery (Red Kate of Nunnery).
Leanne is a member of both the
None of the animals have their teeth Highland Cattle Breeders Club and
clipped or tails docked, there are no the Highland Cattle Society.
castration for the boars, no nose
Leanne is rightfully proud of her
rings or artificial growth promoters.
progress over such a short period of
Leanne uses a small local family run
time, and is full of ideas and optimism
abattoir just 8 miles away, which she
for the future. She has began the
knows will treat her animals with
process of starting up a website
which will run alongside the leaflets
The Highland cattle enabled Leanne she has had printed, advertising the
to begin selling high quality beef fantastic ranges of meat that Nunnery
alongside rare breed lamb and rare Farm has to offer. Leanne will soon
breed pork and since this, business be offering a range of hand picked
has gone from strength to strength, hampers that appeal to all tastes
with Mrs Skelton building up a and next Christmas will be selling
prestigious list of local restaurants Christmas geese, boxed, with a recipe
and café’s she supplies too. Amongst card and a selection of fresh herbs.
others, Leanne does business with Furthermore, she is delighted with Insurance broker Harold Woolgar which it’s not always possible to
The Rock, Mill Bank, White Heart, her role as secretary for the Halifax has urged farmers to be extra store out of sight. However, gone
The Old Hall at Todmorden, Moyles in show which surely will integrate her vigilant with their heavy plant and are the days of relying on the farm
Hebden Bridge, many of her farming further into the agricultural world and equipment, and also road and farm dog to raise the alarm, I think we
neighbours, and to any person who raise her farming credentials. vehicles after an upsurge in thefts are getting to a point where free
wishes to pay the Skelton’s a visit, in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire access to farm yards should now
areas. His business is based at be via a substantial electronically
Epworth near Doncaster. controlled barrier or by using a
security code.”
In the last three months, a total
of seven Land-Rovers, and six “In the last few weeks, the
pieces of equipment, such as amount of equipment taken over
Teleporters and tractors, have a relatively short space of time is
been stolen from his clients. Many unprecedented,” said Mr Woolgar.
of the vehicles were virtually new “It isn’t opportunist crime. I have
and the total value of stolen items cases where the thieves haven’t
has now reached £278,000. broken into the vehicle and driven
The area targeted stretches from it away, but have come prepared
Lincolnshire to South Yorkshire with their own vehicles with
and across into Derbyshire. specialist lifting equipment. They
have then simply loaded it up and
Mr Woolgar, of Harold Woolgar
driven off in a matter of moments.
Farm Insurance and a Director of
I believe it’s highly likely that these
FarmWeb, the network of specialist
are organised and efficient gangs
agricultural brokers, is urging all
who are relentlessly targeting
farmers to not only ensure vehicles
farmers. We often see the number
are locked, but where possible,
of thefts rise at this time of year,
store them out of sight and look
but in my 40 years’ experience in
Stanforths Butchers ltd at installing tracker devices and
digital CCTV equipment.
agricultural insurance, it has never
been as widespread as this.”
Ccm quality foods - Profressional butchery service His warnings come only days
Mr Woolgar’s has an extensive
Have your own stock butchered to your specific after more than £200,000 worth
knowledge of the industry with
requirements. Packed and boxed ready for freezer, of tractors and plant vehicles
his clients ranging from arable
farmers, markets or retail sale. Sausage/burger, were recovered in Poland after a
to livestock farmers and many
bacon/gammon product. joint operation with the Kent and
diversified businesses, and
Polish police. Last year the cost
across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire,
to farmers of machinery theft was
Skipton Auction Mart about £17.8m in England, up on
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
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The family business is run by
BD23 1UD Mr Woolgar, his wife Win and
Mr Woolgar continued: ““In many son, Philip.
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ways farmers are an easy target as
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FarmersMart Spring 2009 85


New team same values at Malton

Chris Berry talks with land, property & auctioneering specialists, Cundalls
Building a reputation is one thing, They have all been brought up in
but maintaining it over a long the local area and combine over 40
period is quite another. Malton- years of experience between them.
based Cundalls are less than a
Peter Elwess is responsible
year from celebrating their 150th
for heading up the agricultural
anniversary and their reputation
management of the business and
seems as strong as ever.
all the agricultural partners, are
Land agents, estate agents, chartered surveyors, involved in
farm consultants, auctioneers - professional work, including agency,
their breadth of knowledge and valuations, tenancy negotiations,
experience is what many farmers in farming agreements, planning and
North Yorkshire and some parts of diversification and compensation
the East Riding have come to rely on claims with the firm currently acting
over the years, and the way in which for the majority of effected farmers
they have geared up for the future on a large Yorkshire Water pipeline
look all set to see them maintaining claim near the east coast.
their reputation.
Andrew Wood is responsible for the
Peter Elwess has recently taken residential sales and lettings, with
on the role of Senior Partner, from Stephen Edwards who completes the
Peter Woodall, who has retired from bank valuations and development
his day-to-day position with the Peter Woodall, still involved with Cundalls advice. Cundalls, in common with
company. Peter (Elwess) is keen to all other residential estate agents,
stress the important and significant partners. Although all four have been also not forgetting that the crucial have seen just how the market has
role that Peter (Woodall) and Harry with Cundalls and in the profession element is always in talking with our changed in the past year.
Dimmey, who has also retired, have for some years Peter believes that farmer customers and residential ‘Last year was very difficult,’ says
made to the business and how their their vitality will stand Cundalls in clients and understanding their Stephen. ‘The residential market
successors will benefit from the good stead for many years to come. needs. Technology does help, but disappeared in the final quarter. Up
legacy of their predecessors. it is thinking and talking time with
‘It’s really quite an exciting time, until two-thirds of the way through
‘Both Peter and Harry will continue customers that really counts.’ 2008 we were holding our own
despite the current economic
to serve an important role to our climate, to be able to encourage Malton Livestock Market remains pretty well. Then the change came.
very family-oriented business as the generations that are younger at the heart of Cundalls agricultural It is still difficult, as everyone knows,
consultants alongside John Cundall. than myself and Stephen. Our four roots and continues to provide a but we are attracting a healthy
The contribution of all three of these new partners, Alan Tate-Smith, highly visible shop window to all number of properties nonetheless
wonderful and extremely committed Keith Warters, Tom Watson and of the services the company offers. and properties are starting to move
colleagues cannot be underestimated Andrew Wood, are all vibrant, Two of the new partners, Keith were vendors are being realistic.’
and I am delighted that they are all highly focused professionals who Warters and Alan Tate Smith, are the Cundalls’ involvement in the farming
still to be involved in the on-going wholly understand not only our principal auctioneers and agricultural community goes much deeper than
success of the business.’ business, but most importantly our advisors in the market selling cattle most farm-related businesses, with
Peter Elwess and Stephen Edwards, customers. They have embraced and sheep twice weekly in the town Peter Woodall and Alan Tate Smith
both existing partners in the today’s technology in such a way centre market. managing the always-impressive
business, have now been joined that they have brought the business Alan feels that the current prices at Ryedale Show, and Stephen
in partnership by four new equity firmly into the 21st century whilst market have created a very positive Edwards being Chairman of the
feeling presently. ‘In recent months Driffield Agricultural Society which
livestock prices and throughput have organize the Driffield Show.
both shown a marked improvement Peter Elwess believes that the new
and that has brought about partners, alongside himself and
increased confidence in the market’s Stephen, and with the benefit of
long term future. There are on-going Peter (Woodall), Harry and John
concerns over where the livestock still being on-hand when needed,
market will eventually be situated, will assure the long-term future of
but for the moment the prices and Cundalls in the area. ‘I started here
throughput numbers are particularly back in 1973. We have always held
encouraging.’ on firm to the belief that it is the
Tom Watson’s role is largely on people we work on behalf of who
the agricultural and rural agency matter the most, no matter whether
side of the business. He looks we are conducting our famous
after everything from small parcels Fadmoor sheep sales, advising on
of land to smallholdings, right the any property and land matter or
way through to farms and estates, working in the livestock market. We
as well as valuations, planning and are looking forward to celebrating
compensation matters. Tom covers our 150th anniversary next year,
the current rural land and property but whilst we will be looking back
market position on the facing page. with affection, we are certainly
well-placed to continue serving our
Cundalls - Malton Livestock Market Each of the four new partners are customers for many years to come.’
certainly not new to the business.

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farmland review by tom watson

The 2008 land market finished on a guide price. We have yet to see any of investment buyers who have
very positive note, despite a conflict commercial farms on the market, substantial cash funds available
of opinion on where land prices however I anticipate a shortage, and see farms and land as a safe
were heading for 2009, with some which should result in strong prices investment.
national statistics showing land for those who do decide to sell.
I believe that 2009 will be a very
prices beginning to fall.
It was very noticeable during 2008, important year for the UK agricultural
However despite these concerns, that demand for properties falling industry and land market and it will
in December, Cundalls successfully between the smallholding and be interesting to see if prices stabilise, If you are considering selling in 2009,
sold four parcels of bare land and commercial farms category has been fall or increase. This will clearly then early sale planning is essential
all achieving in excess of the guide much slower, as developers and depend on what the full effects of the during the spring months to allow
price, with one example making a lifestyle buyers are less prominent. recession have on the economy, if this for accurate and quality details to be
premium of over 25%. I have also This worrying trend and general lack will affect the industry and hopefully produced and to gather all relevant
been involved in purchasing land for of confidence within the economy if livestock prices remain high and details to hopefully enable a hassle-
retained clients in the Vale of York resulted in a number of farms falling arable commodity prices improve, free sale, please contact the Cundalls
and Yorkshire Wolds and on two through on more than one occasion this could further increase confidence team for a confidential marketing
occasions have failed to purchase and deals are taking much longer to in the agricultural community. appraisal.
despite going to figures approaching finalise.
Overall, despite reassuringly strong
and indeed over £7,000/acre.
However despite the continued sales of bare land, there is still no Article by Tom Watson MRICS FAAV
To date 2009 has continued to start economic fears, since the New Year, doubt that vendors in all property Partner, Cundalls
were 2008 finished and a substantial with interest rates now at a record markets are wise to remain realistic, Tel: 07931520677
block of Wolds land, reputedly low of 1% and falling returns in the but good farms and land in a good Email: tom.watson@cundalls.co.uk
achieved in excess of the £6,500 money market, I know of a number area will still make a good price.



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Big Day at Rosedale Abbey

Chris Berry visits Moorland ATV Open Day

One of North Yorkshire’s leading Based on strong family values Ben parts we stock, from a wide range Watch out for more news about
ATV companies, Moorland ATV in sells new and used quad bikes of manufacturers. We also have a Moorland ATV in future issues.
Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors including Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki highly skilled and efficient service
held their annual open day at the and Yamaha. team so that no ATV is out of action
end of February. Proprietor Ben any longer than necessary.’ For more information contact
Hebron was on hand, along with ‘All of our quad bikes are of the
the rest of the team to demonstrate highest standard and suitable for On the day well over 100 customers
Ben Hebron, Rosedale Abbey
the latest machines. use by all ages depending on the attended and Ben reports that trade
make, model and size. Our main is looking good for 2009.
This was also a first time for many North Yorkshire YO18 8SD
franchises are with Polaris, Yamaha
to take a closer look around the new ‘We have already started the year
and Apache. One of the main things Tel: 01751 417417
premises that were built in 2008. well and, even though the news
our farmers really appreciate is the Email: info@moorlandatv.co.uk
Having moved from the outskirts of always looks bleak at the moment
amount of new and used spare
Pickering back closer to the family in the media, we cannot complain.’
home, and next to The Coach House
pub in the village, also owned by
Ben’s father Howard Hebron, Ben’s
business has gone from strength to
‘It was the best move we could
have made,’ says Ben. ‘We are now
right in the farming heartland of the
people we serve. The business has
grown massively since we came
here and it was great to see so many
people at our open day. ATVs have
become an essential element of
farming in the past two decades and
we are fortunate to stock some of
the leading models.’

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