Egg company tops for good farm practice
The award’s judge – wellknown agricultural consultant and NFU Scotland treasurer Gerald Banks – said it was a closely fought contest.
“Both businesses showed fantastic management and ing practice awards are probably more important now than they ever were before because we are facing some challenges as we head towards Brexit.
“What we are clear about is the leadership and the inspiration that both the winners are making and that contribution is encouraging. These exemplar businesses will be vital to shape farming in the future.”
The Chapman family’s winning business packs around 4million eggs a week for Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl in Scotland. The family also supplies the Aberdeenshire Choice range of eggs into Tesco stores.
Just under half the eggs are produced at Wester Cockmuir, with the remain- der sourced from a group of more than 20 contract producers from across Aberdeenshire, Moray and Kincardine.
The family recently invested £3.5million in a new grading facility complete with five robots which has increased efficiency.
Meanwhile, William Willis milks 145 cows on an organic system at Glasgoforest alongside his mother Anne and brother Angus.
A close focus on grass has resulted in more than half of the herd’s average 8,000-litres per cow yield being produced from forage.
The family is currently in the process of installing an on-farm vending machine for unpastuerised milk.