Orkney farm wins top M&S prize

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

SCOT­TISH Sea Farms’ team at Wyre, Orkney, has been named by M&S as its out­stand­ing pro­ducer of the year in the Farm­ing for the Fu­ture Awards 2018.

The 1,909-tonne ca­pac­ity farm, es­tab­lished in 2015, per­forms a dual role, not only rear­ing its own sal­mon from smolt to adult­hood, but also act­ing as a nurs­ery for young sal­mon headed to neigh­bour­ing Eday where con­di­tions are more tidal. Only once the sal­mon are large enough to thrive are they trans­ferred out to Eday.

This ef­fi­ciency was one of four awards cri­te­ria that set Wyre apart in its cat­e­gory. Judges were equally im­pressed at how much the team, led by Phil Board­man who un­til re­cently was also farm man­ager of Eday, had achieved with re­gards to ethics, the en­vi­ron­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

The com­bined re­sult over the last crop was no es­capes, no seals shot, no medic­i­nal bath treat­ments and low mor­tal­i­ties.

Board­man said:‘Both farm teams – Wyre and Eday – are proud of the re­sults achieved and rightly so as both have worked hand in hand to cre­ate the best en­vi­ron­ments in which to rear our sal­mon.

‘We have a re­ally great mix of peo­ple, some of whom are lo­cals while oth­ers have moved into the area bring­ing new skills and knowl­edge.’

The awards pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the Royal Highland Show at Inglis­ton in Ed­in­burgh.

Ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of the Wyre team was Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Orkney re­gional man­ager, Richard Dar­byshire, who said:‘Scot­tish Sea Farms sets it­self ex­act­ing stan­dards and the re­sults show in the qual­ity of our prod­uct. M&S have ac­tively en­cour­aged these high stan­dards since day one, how­ever to have them recog­nised with a Farm­ing for the Fu­ture Award pro­vides added mo­ti­va­tion to keep seek­ing new and bet­ter ways of do­ing things.’

Scot­tish Sea Farms sup­plies M&S Lochmuir sal­mon.

Above: Richard Dar­byshire be­ing pre­sented with the Wyre team’s award by Steve McLean, head of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Sourc­ing at M&S

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