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Little Otchan Shepherd Hut Wins Farm Diversification Award at The Driffield Show 2016

Little Otchan Shepherd Hut was announced the winner of the 2016 Farm Diversification Award at yesterday’s Driffield Show.

George F. White, in association with Driffield Agricultural Society, was pleased to present the owner, Jonathan Hodgson, with a £500 cash prize and engraved silver salver as part of the accolade.
Little Otchan Shepherd Hut, based in the East Yorkshire countryside, is a working 720 acre mixed farm producing high welfare pork, wheat for biscuit flour, bread crumbs and bio fuels, vining peas and malting barley for its brewery, that has diversified to provide a five star glamping experience for visitors. Perfectly hidden away in beautiful surroundings, Little Otchan Shepard Hut provides a truly idyllic break.

Jonathan Hodgson, who diversified his farm in 2015, said: “I am over the moon to win this year’s Diversification Award. Establishing Little Otchan Shepard Hut was just one little idea I had – I never thought it would take off so much! We have had so much interest, come rain or shine, it’s been amazing. I really appreciate all the great visitor reviews and I hope we can continue to provide a luxury getaway for friends and families across the UK.”

The Hodgson family are fourth generation farmers who have lived on and worked the land since the 1920s. Over that time, they have seen many changes no more so than in 2008 when they opened their very own brewery on the farm. Using their own malting barley, they produce award winning beers sold throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The Little Otchan Hut takes its name from one of their best-selling beers – Pricky Back Otchan – which they’ve produced for nearly a decade.

Simon Britton, Partner at George F. White, added: “We were very impressed by what Little Otchan Shepherd Hut had to offer and the five star visitor experience that is guaranteed from arrival. It provides a very unique and distinctive glamping getaway in the most amazing and serene location. Those who stay receive all the luxuries that they would as if they were in a five star hotel but with a feeling of ‘getting away from it all’ to enjoy some down time and recharge the batteries with nature in the countryside. It is my absolute pleasure to present them with this award.”

For more information about Little Otchan Shepherd Hut, visit: www.littleotchan.co.uk or search for it on Facebook: @littleotchanhut

Yorkshire Farms Urged to Compete for Diversification Award

Land, property and business consultancy George F. White is calling for farm businesses across the region to enter its annual Farm Diversification Award.

The competition looks for farms in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire who have recently diversified and established a new business, with the chosen winner awarded a cash prize and engraved silver salver at the Driffield Show on Wednesday 20th July.

Providing more details about the award, Tom Mason, a Partner at George F. White, said: “We look for farm businesses right across the region which have used their skill and innovation to diversify their business and develop a new product or service on their farm in the last five years. Many farmers have found diversifying their farm an extremely effective way of providing a stable income and improving profitability in a time of volatility in agricultural markets. We’re looking for those farmers who have done this, and continue to do this, really well. The award recognition not only highlights the farm business’s success but it also sets an example to other farmers and businesses in the region and demonstrates how they could follow suit.”

Farmers and their businesses of any size or genre are invited to enter the award, which have proved hugely successful to date. Previous winners include Humble Bee Farm, the ‘Three Little Pigs’, a perfectionist producer of cured meats based in East Yorkshire, Stepney Hill Butchery and Farm Shop, Anna’s Happy Trotters and Raisthorpe Flyers.

Tom, added: “We are always super impressed with all of the entries that we receive and very much look forward to visiting each farm and getting to know the business and how it’s diversified. It is always extremely rewarding to present this award because it’s an opportunity to celebrate businesses that have clearly identified the market they want to target and even in the early stages of their business have demonstrated a successful return on investment.”

To enter George F. White’s Farm Diversification Award, please download the application form or contact davidwilson@georgefwhite.co.uk

Humble Bee Farm win the 2015 George F. White Farm Diversification Award

Humble Bee Farm has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Farm Diversification Award, receiving a £500 cash prize and engraved silver salver as part of the accolade.

George F. White in association with Driffield Agricultural Society was pleased to award the prize to Mr & Mrs Warters of Humble Bee Farm at the Driffield Show.

Humble Bee Farm, located in the Yorkshire Wolds, is a working arable and stock farm that has diversified to provide a visitor experience which includes accommodation from luxury holiday cottages, to glamping in wigwams or a peaceful campsite. As part of the offering the farm also gives visitors hands-on experience with regular events such as lambing and calving weekends, bat watches and creepy crawly adventures.

John and Julia Warters who run the business have kindly offered to donate their cash prize to the Teenage Cancer Trust, Clic Sargent and Candlelighters, charities all very close to their family. Maisie Bulmer, a family friend, 17, from Salton, North Yorkshire, is currently receiving ongoing treatment for B cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Maisie is part of Kirby Moorside Young Farmers and with the help of the group and her family; they have raised over £25,000 so far for cancer charities.

Julia Warters said: “We are both thrilled to win this award and have our business and hard work recognised. Our farm and accommodation work seamlessly together, showing that diversification can be beneficial to all parties and work in perfect harmony. We decided to donate our cash prize to charity in support of Maisie. Maisie, her family and the young farmers are doing a fantastic job fundraising for cancer charities and we hope this donation will play a part in their efforts.”

Tom Mason, Partner at George F. White commented: “We are delighted to hear that John and Julia have chosen to donate their prize money to such a worthy cause. I was particularly impressed by the business offering at Humble Bee Farm and whole visitor experience as a package. The facilities and service available to guests are fantastic which is reflected in their high level visitor feedback. The tourism business which runs alongside the farming business creates a very strong overall business, able to withstand the volatility in agricultural commodity prices, while providing a secure future for future generations.”

The Warter’s target market is based on the ‘three generations’ – grandparents, parents, and children – not forgetting the family dog, who are all invited to take part in the farms themed events during their stay on the farm. The events are part of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme to give visitors a full farming experience of life on a farm with Farmer Percy on hand to answer any questions.

Runners up for the award included Staal Smokehouse, Beverley and The Ginger Cow Company, Everingham.

For more information about Humble Bee Farm, visit: www.humblebeefarm.co.uk.

 

Diversified Yorkshire farms shortlisted for award

Three enterprises from Yorkshire have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2015 George F. White Farm Diversification Award. The Ginger Cow Company, Everingham; Humble Bee Farm, Scarborough; and Staal Smokehouse, Beverley, have been named as the three shortlisted entries and will be judged over the coming weeks by Partner’s from George F. White.

The award which will be presented at the Driffield Show on Wednesday 22nd of July recognises farms in the area that have recently diversified and established a new business, with the chosen winner awarded a cash prize and engraved silver salver.

Anna Morley, Rural Chartered Surveyor at George F. White explains: “We look for farm businesses which have used their skill and innovation to diversify their business and develop a new product or service on their farm in the last five years. Many farmers have found diversifying their farm an extremely rewarding way of providing a stable income and improving profitability in a time of volatility in agricultural markets.”

Tom Mason, Partner at George F. White said: “We are impressed with all the entries we received this year and are looking forward to visiting the entries. It is always extremely rewarding to present this award. It is an opportunity to celebrate businesses that have clearly identified the market they want to target and even in the early stages of their business have demonstrated a successful return on investment.”

Previous winners include the ‘Three Little Pigs’ a “perfectionist producer” of cured meats based in East Yorkshire, Stepney Hill Butchery and Farm Shop (2013), Anna’s Happy Trotters (2012) and Raisthorpe Flyers (2011).

For more information about George F. White and the Farm Diversification Award please visit www.georgefwhite.co.uk.

 

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