Farm Business of the Year
The Morgan family are pig farmers in East Yorkshire. The whole family are involved in the business of looking after their 1,700 breeding sows and all their piglets. David Morgan’s three daughters, Vicky, Rachel and Kate showed little interest in the pigs for all their teenage years, but this is not the case now and all are passionate about pigs.
They illustrate this through being involved in the LEAF FaceTime a Farmer initiative, lots of school talks and stands at the Yorkshire Show and Countryfile Live. For the Morgans, welfare is key, not only for the comfort of the pigs but also for their health. The dedicated team of staff are trained both on the farm and externally, ensuring that they are all aware of best practices and current issues.
The farm continuously invests in the best technology to make their systems more efficient and productive. In these ever-changing times, the aim is to develop a highwelfare indoor system of production which will move the business away from the commodity marketplace which it is currently competing in. The intention is to still be highly efficient and productive but to capture a different marketplace. They are constantly aware of changing times ahead, but, as a family, they are keen to embrace them and contribute to making British farming something to be very proud of.
M H Poskitt
M H Poskitt Ltd is a family farming business based in Yorkshire, growing combinable crops, specialising in carrots, parsnips and pumpkins, in addition to potatoes, sugar beet, maize and grass. Guy Poskitt is the managing director and he has taken the business from a 550-acre rented farm to a successful agribusiness, farming over 7,800 acres of owned, share-farmed and rented land. The crops are packed on site for the supermarket, wholesale market and foodservice industries. The business also has its own anaerobic digestion (AD) plant powered by home-grown crops and also utilises power generated by solar PV panels, which demonstrates its commitment to renewable energy.
Environmentally, as a business, they work hard to preserve and protect the environment. This successful business employs over 300 staff and many of the management team have developed through the ranks. Robotics and automation will play a massive part in the business in the future, and the Poskitt team, together with their consultants, continue to investigate and research any opportunities which arise. Guy believes the use of technology in agriculture is fundamental to the industry’s sustainability and success, and their business will continue to evaluate and embrace this to ensure it is at the cutting edge of innovation.