Egg com­pany tops for good farm prac­tice

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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING -

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.

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