An outstanding farmer aged 35 or younger, who is working within food or drink production in agriculture, horticulture or viticulture in Sussex. He or she should show vision, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.
Daniel Hird, aged 32, was appointed as Farm Manager, Lambert Farm, Plumpton College in April 2017 to oversee a turnaround in its performance, standards and culture with a clear remit to ensure that it delivered the best possible example of farming practice to the community, industry and students. Daniel has a real passion for farming, limiting impacts of the farming operation on the environment and teaching others to encourage new entrants into the industry. He strives to ensure the farm demonstrates best practice in all that it does. The farm is now a fully profitable operation whilst at the same time being utilised as a learning resource for over 300 students and large numbers of various external groups/organisations. Daniel has embraced new technologies within the day to day operation and ensured access to these are available for the teaching team and learners.
Philip Clarke, Executive Editor, Farmers Weekly, said: ‘Highly motivated, determined to make his own way in the agricultural sector, despite coming from a family farm, Dan is determined to make the Plumpton College farm one of the best in the country. He came into the farm manager’s job at a difficult time, but has restructured teams and processes to best effect and is a team player who supports his staff in their career development.’
- Outward looking, having travelled afar and worked in a variety of farm sectors to broaden his experience
- Natural achiever, running multiple enterprises at Goodwood, while still in his twenties
- Leads by example, not afraid to get his hands dirty
- Strategic thinker, with short-term and medium-term plans for the business
- Strong people manager, effectively running a team of mixed ages and mixed nationalities
- Great attention to detail, which has enabled him to get on top of lameness and mastitis in the herd
- An ambassador for the sector, via NFU channels and on social media
- Ambitious, wanting to win the “Gold Cup” for dairying by the time he is 30
Entry is now closed for the below four categories in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2020! Our judges will be in contact with you soon if you have made the shortlist! Grand Finalists will be announced in March 2020.
SUSSEX STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR
Our winner will offer great food to be eaten in a mobile situation, including as many local ingredients as possible. Finalists will participate in a live competition at Horsham on 27th October.
SUSSEX YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be aged 25 or under on 31/01/20, working or studying in Sussex, with a talent for creating a wonderful menu of creative dishes using local ingredients.
SUSSEX NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be an innovative business from any part of the food and drink sector, supporting local produce, which has been trading for up to 3 years by end 2019; has the ambition and determination to succeed; and can demonstrate a realistic and sustainable business plan.
YOUNG SUSSEX FARMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be a young farmer aged 35 or under by end 2020. They can come from any sector within agriculture, horticulture or viticulture and must be involved in food or drink production. They could be part of the family farm (owned or tenanted), a student, an employee or self-employed. This young person should display the following attributes: vision; leadership; innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship; ability to incorporate new ideas and practices; ability to inspire others; and the desire to succeed and grow business.
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