Entry deadline extended for Norfolk Farm Business Competition
PUBLISHED: 14:16 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 29 May 2018
The deadline has been extended for entries to this year’s Norfolk County Farm Business competition, to help farmers get their applications in after a difficult spring workload.
The annual competition, organised by the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association, rewards outstanding practices in agricultural businesses of all types and sizes, with judges assessing standards of cropping and livestock husbandry, given the available resources such as land type, irrigation and facilities.
But after wet start to spring delayed work on many farms across the county, competition chairman Robert Mitchell said the application deadline has been pushed back to the end of Sunday, June 3.
“With the weather we have had recently, everyone has been so busy with their spring planting, and BPS (Basic Payment Scheme subsidy applications) has taken up a lot of people’s time. Everything has been so late, and the workload has been enormous, so we have extended the deadline to give everyone a chance to apply.”
Mr Mitchell said there was an “excellent team of judges” coming to Norfolk to visit the shortlisted entrants in mid-June, including fifth-generation Scottish farmer David Hay, who will judge the supreme champion category – won last year by Richard Hirst and family, of Ormesby, near Great Yarmouth, who will be defending their title against last year’s qualifying finalists.
A challenge cup for the winning small farm-based business under 160 hectares will also be judged as part of the 39th annual competition.
• For full details and application forms, see the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association website.
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