Double helping of good news for
Cornish beef farmer Brian Trewin was recently served a double
helping of good news.
First he received a helping hand to buy weighing and labelling
scales and a freezer with a "fast track" award of
nearly £400 from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Food
and Drink Partnership.
Then he heard that "for adding value to his produce"
- he had won £100 as the south west regional runner-up
in the Farming Business of the Year category of the NFU Farming
Excellence Awards 2003.
"Together the scales and freezer cost nearly £1,000
and they are regularly used," said Brian: "I can
now accurately weigh and print labels directly on to our meat
products instead of handwriting them while the freezer is
fully stocked to store meat until the customer requires it."
Brian and his wife Vivien have run Middle Tremollett Farm,
Coads Green, near Launceston, for more than 30 years. Looking
for more profitable ways to operate, five years ago they started
selling direct to the public and to retirement homes, public
houses and restaurants where they have built up a loyal clientele
for their beef joints, mince, burgers, steaks and diced meats.
Two years ago they stopped keeping sheep and today they have
a herd of around 120 pure South Devon and cross-Angus cattle.
"We describe ourselves as semi-organic as all the cattle
are fed on home-produced grass and grain only," explained
Brian. "In addition we can offer complete traceability."
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Food and Drink Partnership
Scheme helps businesses involved in the food and drink industries
in the Objective One area. It is funded by the European Agricultural
Guidance and Guarantee Fund and the Department of the Environment,
Farming and Rural Affairs and delivered through a partnership
involving the Business Link service for Devon and Cornwall
and Taste of the West.
The scheme, which provides business, technical, and development
advice as well as capital and marketing grant aid, is open
to food and drink processors, caterers, wholesalers, retailers
and agricultural producers. Up to 50 per cent of the total
cost of a project is available and all applicants must show
a link to Cornish agricultural production. There is a fast
track application process where the total project cost does
not exceed £10,000 and a mainstream programme for projects
up to £120,000 (maximum grant support level £60,000).
For more information contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966
or Taste of the West on 01579 349363.
For further press information please contact
Ian Gent on 0845 600 9966 or 07771 631518 or Lucy Batchelor
on 0845 600 9966.
European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which is making £314m
available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
||Help preserve the link between diversified farming
and the land
||Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas
||Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural
||Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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