Green-thinking farmer wins award
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.”
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Robert Simms, pictured with his wife Valerie, won gold at the British Farming Awards