GOODWOOD Home Farm is celebrating after farm manager Tim Hassell won a coveted Farmers Weekly award.
Tim was presented the Farm Manager of the Year award by comedian and actor Hugh Dennis, at an award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
He had fought off tough competition from farm managers across the country, having recently been awarded Sussex Farmer of the Year.
Tim is in charge of 1,375ha of organic farmland at Home Farm, on the Goodwood Estate. He and his team look after 1,400 ewes, 50 Sussex sucklers, 45 breeding sows and a 200-cow herd of Dairy Shorthorns. His aim is to produce top quality meat, milk and cheese, as well as beer, to sell on the estate and beyond.
“To have nationwide recognition of my work on the farm is the biggest compliment I could receive,” said Tim.
“I thoroughly enjoy my job and love working on Goodwood Estate’s Home Farm. We are passionate about providing quality produce and giving people the best finished product, as well as caring for all the livestock.
“It is also very important to me that every employee feels an integral part of the team.”
Since being under Tim’s management, Home Farm production has excelled, from producing just over 40kg per week to now more than 4,000kg of products per week.
Tim has taken Home Farm from strength to strength, with its products receiving national recognition, most recently the Charlton Farmhouse cheese receiving Gold Medal at the British Cheese Awards and Best Organic Cheese. Along with supplying local customers and coffee shops, Tim has also built up an impressive customer list, including The Ritz and The Sky Garden in London.
Tim hopes to take the farm above and beyond with an ambitious plan to expand and upgrade the farm’s core dairy enterprise. The 1960s dairy will be revamped with a new milking parlour, silage pits and housing for 400 cows and young stock. Tim’s plans will help increase production efficiency, while letting him grow the dairy herd to 300.
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