Beckhithe Farms, run jointly by Gary Gray and Barry Brooks, in Norfolk is the 2007 Farmers Weekly Beef farmer of the Year sponsored by McDonalds.
Gray and Brooks impressed the judges with their close working relationship with other people in the industry. “We value everyone as a partner and for this industry to survive the people in it have to work together for the good of the supply chain,” Brooks said.
David Henby, independent beef consultant and one of the judges commented: “It’s quite the most remarkable of business templates for any beef producer to comprehend and appreciate, regardless of size. Their utter professionalism in amalgamating management, technical, environmental and economic requirements for a profitable beef enterprise is outstanding.”
Over 100 farmers have entered in this year’s Awards with more than 30 businesses in the line-up reflecting the very best that British producers can offer across 12 categories.
The Awards’ aim is to recognise innovation and achievement among individual farmers as well as celebrate excellence within the industry.