A local producer for Marks & Spencer has been rewarded for his talent as an inspirational young producer at an M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ awards presentation, which took place at the Royal Welsh Show.
Robert Green, Assistant Farm Manager at Hook2Sisters in Spalding, Lincolnshire, scooped runner-up in the Young Producer Category which champions forward-thinking individuals whose technical ability or business aptitude promises to make a positive impact on their sector, and who demonstrate they have what it takes to lead the next generation of farmers.
At Hook2Sisters, Robert rears turkeys from day-old poults which are supplied to M&S. Robert originally worked in the chicken industry, but made the switch to turkey farming two and a half years ago. However, the knowledge and experience gained with chickens has proved invaluable and has enabled Robert to quickly progress within the Hook2Sisters business and obtain his current position as Assistant Farm Manager.
As well as being the Assistant Farm Manager for the Pinchbeck site, Robert also has a keen interest in animal welfare and has undertaken several welfare related research projects on his farm. Robert has also carried out projects investigating potential cost savings that could be made by utilising biomass heating, rather than gas, and examined the performance of different litter types used in turkey sheds.
Evelyn Edwards, from Hook2Sisters ltd, who nominated Robert in the awards, said: “Robert is a hard-working, intelligent young man, who is keen to learn and progress within the industry. For someone so young, he shows great maturity in the way that he deals with staff and the day-to-day issues that arise on his farm. His enthusiasm for bird welfare and his work ethic are contagious.”
Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries at M&S, said: “The Farming for the Future awards are now in their eleventh year, and we continue to be impressed with the dedication and commitment our suppliers show towards sustainable farming practices.
“Robert is a very worthy runner up, impressing our judging team with his swift career progression through the business thanks to his proactive approach to bird health and welfare and willingness to go the extra mile.”