A renowned farmer who runs the North East’s largest poultry farm will be sharing some of the secrets to his success at a major agricultural event next month.
Richard Tulip and his brother Stephen took over the family business at Lintz Hall Farm in Burnopfield in the early 2000s and have since embarked on a 10-year expansion plan.
Now keeping close to half a million birds, the farm has diversified into free range and gained both British Lion Egg and RSPCA Freedom Food accreditation.
Richard - who gave up a successful career as a club DJ to take on a sales and marketing role at the business - will be discussing the operation’s phenomenal growth at the Northern Farming Conference, to be held at Hexham Mart on November 12.
“We could see free range was where the market was heading, so for us to firstly survive and then to grow the business, we needed to go there too,” he said.
“But more than 50% of egg sales were still in budget eggs, so we also decided to invest in the new colony system as well.”
The brothers, who have spent more than £10m in the business over the last decade, now supply locally produced free-range eggs to Asda, Tesco and Morrison’s in the North East, with their Derwent Valley Free Range Egg brand.
Lintz Hall also supplies scores of independent outlets from Middlesbrough to Edinburgh.
Now in its fifth year, The Northern Farming Conference is a joint venture between the CLA, Strutt & Parker, Bond Dickinson, Armstrong Watson, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Gibson & Co Solicitors.
The event is designed to be a ‘muddy boots’ conference, providing information on developments across the agriculture industry to help farm businesses plan for the next year and beyond.
Speakers are selected from the farming and land management sectors, academia, representative bodies and public services.
This year, Mr Tulip will join a high profile line-up, including environment secretary Liz Truss.
Conference chairman Andrew Robinson said: “Many farmers in the North are facing tough trading conditions at the moment and the conference will be a great opportunity to pick up tips and advice from farmers such as Richard, who have successfully managed to grow and develop their businesses.”
Tickets cost £40 or £20 for delegates with a CPH number.
They can be ordered online at www.northernfarmingconference.org.uk or by telephone on 01748 907070.