Championship Winner Announced of Top Farming Awards
13 July 2016
A Northumberland farmer was announced as the overall champion of the Tye Trophy Awards, which acknowledges successful commercial farming combined with sound conservation practice.
Alexander Izat, of Cocklaw Farm, Berwick-on-Tweed, was presented with the trophy at the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show by Sarah York, President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Top of the judging criteria was the degree of integration of conservation into a well-run commercial farming system, and also evidence of future strategy in taking the measures forward. In addition, the extent to which existing habitats and features have been retained, enhanced and managed effectively is taken into consideration.
Mr Izat farms 430 acres, with a further 140 on contract, growing spring and winter barley, oil seed rape and vining peas. High Cocklaw Farm is the amalgamation of three farms and when the family arrived, there were no trees. Since then, they have redesigned the farms and planted 35,000 hedge plants and 30,000 trees, planting in corners and ensuring a haven for wildlife without impacting on the arable operation. Solar panels on the outbuildings provide energy for the farm.
Mr Izat was the Northumberland Area winner and, as well as the trophy, he took home a cheque for £400, a set of crystal glasses and a certificate.
Other regional winners were:
West & South Yorkshire Area Winner
Richard Haigh, New Hall Farm, Mirfield
Tyne Tees Area Winner
Mr and Mrs Jewson, East Knitsley Grange, Knitsley, Consett
East Yorkshire Area Winner
Ian Hurst, Rosemount Farm, Weaverthorpe, near Malton
North Yorkshire Area Winner
Stewart Stark, Fridlington Farms Ltd, Well Lane, York