Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alistair Makes Award Shortlist

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alistair Makes Award Shortlist

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Morpeth farmer Alistair Watson, from Dyke Head Farm has been shortlisted for Beef Produce of the Year in a national agricultural competition.

In the category, judges were looking at a sustainable beef enterprise, technical expertise, environmental and social responsibility, marketing skills and innovation.

The Watson family took over the National Trust's farm in 1979. But in 1988 Alistair, Mary and son Anthony decided they could make more profit by reducing livestock numbers and are very keen on maximising quality of end product.

The Watson's herd is made up of what the family term a cocktail of Continental breeding to maximise quality.

Mr Watson said: "I'm a strong believer in taking full advantage of hybrid vigour and that works well when running with a Belgian Blue bull."

They calve all year for flexibility, marketing their beef through the Wallington Hall National Trust farm shop to secure premium prices and sell the rest of the liveweight stock through St Boswells market. …

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