Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arable Farmer Worthy Winner of Top Trophy; Trophy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arable Farmer Worthy Winner of Top Trophy; Trophy

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Byline: JO BLAKEMORE joblakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk

AN arable farmer from North Yorkshire has been named as the overall champion of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Tye Trophy Awards.

Richard Bramley of Manor Farm, Kelfield near York was announced as winner in the ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show this week.

The competition rewards excellence in farming and commitment to integrating conservation with commercial agriculture. Farms from across the North of England compete for the championship.

Richard runs a 550-acre arable farm, with milling wheat, malting barley, potatoes, sugar beet and oil seed rape. His approach is to achieve the best from the land and crops with minimum input and with conservation as an integral factor of his farming.

Sharing lessons learned with others is a key part of his farming approacn and his conservation activity includes habitats for birds such as skylarks and yellow wagtails.

Charles Mills, one of the judges and trustee of the Society said: "Richard's was a very well run farm and his attention to detail, combining conservation and a commercial arable business, was well done.

"Wild flower meadows have been planted, bird species encouraged and hedgerow management features. His dedication to promoting the farming industry to different groups and particularly to students was impressive.

"It is vital that conservation in agriculture is not regarded as something only to be considered by environmental enthusiasts, but incorporated into practical, commercial farming. Over the years we have seen some excellent examples of how this can be done, all of which helps encourage others and is vital to the future of British farming."

The regional winners of the competition were: Northumberland - Tom Comber |of Elwick Farm, Belford. A traditional 550-acre mixed farm and 300 acres of foreshore land. …

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