Brothers Richard and Stephen Tulip are celebrating after scooping a top agricultural award.
The siblings have been jointly crowned Poultry Farmer of the Year 2013 at the prestigious Farmers’ Weekly Awards.
Regarded as the Oscars of the agricultural world, the competition, now in its ninth year, aims to reward farmers for their innovation, commitment and hard work, honouring the industry’s unsung heroes.
Richard and Stephen, who run the family-owned Lintz Hall Farm – the North East’s biggest and longest-established egg producer – picked up their award at a ceremony hosted by BBC news anchor Kate Silverton at the Grosvenor Park Hotel in London.
This is the first time Lintz Hall Farm has entered, after being nominated by other poultry industry stalwarts.
The egg business, based at Burnopfield, County Durham, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Richard, 37, the firm’s sales and marketing director, said: “We are surprised and very humbled to have won the award. It is an amazing honour and we want to thank all our family, friends and staff without whom none of this would have been possible.
“From small beginnings 60 years ago, the Tulip family has steadily grown Lintz Hall Farm, maintaining a local base of loyal customers whilst adding bigger accounts, including Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Nisa and Costcutter, who we supply across the North East, Borders and South East Scotland, as well as scores of independent outlets with our Lintz Hall, Derwent Valley, Oxenrig and Sunny Hill egg brands.”
The firm manages nearly 300,000 hens and carries out its own producing and packing on-site.
Richard added: “It was fantastic just to have been nominated, but it’s great for Stephen and I, the rest of our family and our staff to get this sort of recognition from within our own industry of our exceptionally high standards of product, presentation and service.”
Richard and Stephen beat off competition from two other egg producers in West Sussex and Aberystwyth in Wales to be crowned Poultry Farmer of the Year.