The region's premier egg business will find out tonight if it has scooped a prestigious agricultural award.
Brothers Richard and Stephen Tulip of County Durham-based Lintz Hall Farm are jointly in the running for Poultry Farmer of the Year in the 2013 Farmers’ Weekly Awards.
Regarded as the Oscars of the agricultural world, the competition, now in its ninth year, aims to recognise and reward farmers for innovation, commitment and hard work, honouring the industry’s unsung heroes.
It is the first time the family-run Lintz Hall Farm, at Burnopfield in the Derwent Valley, has been shortlisted for the national awards.
Richard, 37, who is the firm’s sales and marketing director, and Stephen, 40, the production director, are up against two other egg producers from West Sussex and Aberystwyth in Wales.
The winners of all 15 categories in the awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Lintz Hall Farm – which is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary – is the North East’s biggest and longest established egg producer, employing 41 staff, and is home to nearly 300,000 hens.
The RSPCA Freedom Food and British Lion Code-approved company supplies Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Nisa and Costcutter stores, as well as scores of independent outlets, with its Lintz Hall, Derwent Valley, Oxenrig and Sunny Hill egg brands.
Richard said: “Both Stephen and I are over the moon that we have made it this far – even more so because we were nominated by our peers in the industry, which shows the high regard Lintz Hall Farm is held in.
“Our nomination alone is a reflection of all our hard work, the hard work of our staff and the incredible support we enjoy from our many customers.
“We will be absolutely ecstatic if we win and we are really excited. There is nothing more we can do now, though. It is all down to the judges.”