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Norfolk county tenant wins memorial livestock award

PUBLISHED: 11:28 15 June 2013

Chris Lewis Award winner, Megan Jenkins, with Jane Lewis

Chris Lewis Award winner, Megan Jenkins, with Jane Lewis

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A young Norfolk farm tenant plans to expand her sheepdog training business after winning a £3,500 award to help livestock enterprises in the county.

Megan Jenkins is this year’s winner of the Chris Lewis Award, set up by the Norfolk Farmers’ Trust in memory of the North Norfolk farmer and pedigree sheep breeder, who died in September 2007.

She took over a Norfolk County Council holding on the Mautby estate near Caister with partner Robin Shreeve last October.

“I’m delighted to win this award. It will help me develop a centre of excellence for sheep dogs in Norfolk,” said Megan, 23.

“I’ll use part of the money to fence off an area where I can train and start young dogs and some of it will pay for a new website to market the business.”

Megan is the daughter of sheep farmers Denis and Sarah Jenkins, of Shadwell, near Thetford, and has been taking part in sheepdog trials since she was 10 years old.

She received her award from Jane Lewis, Chris’s widow, at Park Farm, Snettisham, which was also attended by the other four finalists and guests.

Presenting the award, Mrs Lewis said the quality of the entries was extremely high. “All of the finalists deserve to succeed in their chosen field and I really hope that they do,” she said.

The award evening was hosted by Edward and Mary Stanton and Trevor Walters and sponsored by the Norfolk Farmers’ Trust.

The group enjoyed a deer safari followed by a barbecue.

The other finalists were:

n Elizabeth Barber, from Cavick House Farm Wymondham, who wanted to buy a starter flock of pedigree Charollais sheep.

n Annelise Ford and Miles Easton from Church Farmhouse, Bunwell, who wished to purchase a large fridge for their expanding Norfolk Black Turkey business.

n Oliver Rushmer from Laurel Farm, Thurlton, who wanted to improve the calf rearing and young stock housing on the family run Jersey herd.

n Andrew Spinks, from Fairfields, Cawston who wanted to expand his single-suckler enterprise using a Stabilizer bull.

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