Celebrations for family-run farm

sp94019  Tom Armstrong with a new litter of Gloucestershire Old Spots

sp94019 Tom Armstrong with a new litter of Gloucestershire Old Spots

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A FAMILY-RUN farm has a dozen reasons to celebrate after scooping 12 awards for its sausages, pies and meat products in a prestigious industry competition.

New Close Farm shop, based in Granby Road in Bakewell, stocks all the produce raised and processed on its farm at Over Haddon.

sp94023  Ed Armstrong at New Close Farm shop with some of the many awards

sp94023 Ed Armstrong at New Close Farm shop with some of the many awards

The family picked up seven gold awards, four silver and a bronze at the BPEX (British Pig Executive) regional roadshow held at Birmingham NEC.

Ed Armstrong, who runs the business with his dad James, mum Gillian and brother Tom, said: “We were really pleased to win.

“This is only the second time we have showed our products at the BPEX and with the run up to Christmas we’ve not had much time to prepare so we were really happy to do this well.”

James joined the family business in 1966 at the age of 16, following his father’s footsteps.

He said farming and the meat trade had changed over the years and Tom and Ed, who are fourth generation farmers and butchers, had brought new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the business.

James said: “They have suggested things I wouldn’t have thought of and we are now selling things I’d never heard of.”

He added: “It matters to customers and it matters to us where our food comes from.

“One of the things that makes us individual is we do everything ourselves, we breed the livestock, look after it, take it to slaughter and create all the meat products ourselves in the shop.”

The farm’s beef herd is made up of pedigree Aberdeen Angus and pedigree Dexter cattle and the pigs are Gloucestershire Old Spots.

James said animal welfare was of utmost important to the family and reminded customers to buy their Christmas meat locally as New Close Farm has a range of quality competitively-prized products.

He added: “When you have reared an animal you want it to end it’s life in the best way with the least amount of stress. I’m not a cruel person and we pride ourselves on doing a good job.”

Christmas orders are being taken at the shop. Either pop in to the shop and pick up an order form or ring 01629 813121. To contact the farm call 01629 814280.