Green-think­ing farmer wins award

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

AFARMER praised for his low-car­bon ap­proach has won gold in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Robert Simms, who runs Holly­bank Farm in Mar­ton with wife Va­lerie, won Dairy In­no­va­tor of the Year at the Bri­tish Farm­ing Awards, at­tended by more than 600 farm­ers and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als

He won be­cause of his ef­forts to run his busi­ness in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able way.

The judges said: “His sys­tem re­volves around his spring-calv­ing herd, which starts graz­ing at the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary and goes through to November, with some cows out- win­tered on lighter land. This ap­proach, whereby cows do all the work when oth­ers em­ploy gas-guz­zling ma­chin­ery, is at the heart of his car­bon ac­count­abil­ity.

“Robert is driv­ing a sus­tain­able and prof­itable busi­ness tak­ing ad­van­tage of the farm’s nat­u­ral re­sources through an ap­proach oth­ers can re­ally fol­low.”

Robert said: “We sim­ply do what we think is best and are pleased the judges think it is wor­thy of the award.

“It is try­ing times at the mo­ment and it’s good to have a goal and to be master of your own des­tiny, which is what we have done.”

Steve Roberts re­ceives his re­tire­ment gifts from Matthew Buck­ley, gen­eral man­ager at Bris­tol Street Mo­tors

Robert Simms, pic­tured with his wife Va­lerie, won gold at the Bri­tish Farm­ing Awards

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