Yorkshire farmer among new names announced for Armstrong…

Yorkshire farmer among new names announced for Armstrong Watson’s ‘An Audience With…’ series

An inspirational Yorkshire farmer is set to feature on Armstrong Watson’s next instalment of its popular webinar series ‘An Audience With…’

Jim Beary, of Uphill Hall Farm in the Peak District, is one of three new names announced as part of the exciting line-up for 2021 and will share his story with host Andrew Robinson, Head of Agriculture, during a live webinar on Wednesday 24 March. 

NFU ambassador Will Case, who farms in south Cumbria, will talk about how diversification has enabled his family business to thrive and support two viable farms on 28 April, and Annabel Hamilton, a young Borders farmer who has overseen the arable operations of large farm businesses, will discuss her more unusual diversification project on 19 May.

Jim, a progressive cattle, pig and sheep farmer, who writes for Farmers Guardian, has transformed his upland farm since taking his tenancy on in 2018. Making the best of what the farm has and keeping costs down have been key to his success.

Amongst other things, Jim has installed rotational grazing, looked at soil health, introduced mixed enterprises to spread costs as well as various improvements in farm infrastructure. He has gradually doubled his stocking rates and managed to cut lamb production costs by a hefty 30% since his move to Yorkshire from a previous tenancy in Staffordshire. 

He will share tips for efficiency as well as how farming differs in the two very different landscapes he has worked within.

Commenting on the upcoming events, Andrew said: “We’ve got three great names lined up for the spring. I’m really looking forward to discussing the broad range of farming practices that Jim, Will and Annabel employ at their farms in Yorkshire, South West Cumbria and Berwickshire. I know they have some very interesting stories of family succession and also how they’ve overcome some of the difficulties of getting into farming.” 

Jim added: “’l’ll be sharing my story of how I ended up in The Peak District, some of the trials and tribulations along the way and sharing how and why we have expanded at Ughill Hall Farm over the past few years.”

 An Audience With… aims to help bolster future success in agriculture. Running throughout 2021, it will feature industry experts and local farmers, who will discuss important issues in the world of farming and the ways they’ve been able to transform their businesses.  

To date, the series has also featured Sally Urwin, author of Diary of a Pint-sized Farmer, and Tracey and Aylett Roan, of Roan’s Dairy in Dumfries and Galloway, who shared their experiences of how they diversified over the years to ensure success. There are also plans for An Audience With… Andrew himself. 

Each webinar will take place between 7pm and 8pm and is free to join. To register for the next in the series of An Audience With… or to view previous recordings of these online events please visit: www.awwebinars.co.uk.