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Cumbrian Stock Farmer Receives Blamire Prize

At Borderway Agri Expo 2013, held on Friday 1st November, John Hall, of Inglewood Edge, Dalston, near Penrith was awarded the prestigious Blamire Prize.

John and his family are one of the region’s most renowned breeders and certainly no strangers to Borderway Agri-Expo. Since its inception they have won overall champion, and last year they were winners in the Beltex Cross and Texel Crosse classes, going on to win reserve overall Champion with a pair of Dutch Texel Lambs.

Martyn Mawson, a Blamire trustee and the winner John Hall.

Martyn Mawson, a Blamire trustee and the winner John Hall.

Each year, the prestigious Blamire Award, a monogrammed coin-like medal, is presented to people who are directly involved in agriculture in the old county of Cumberland. John has been 100% committed to working as an ambassador for Cumbrian Farmers his entire life, and this accolade is a tribute from the Cumbrian Agricultural Community to his dedication. In a special presentation, John received the medal after the judging of the sheep classes. He was presented with his medal by Martyn Mawson, a Blamire Trustee from Bassenthwaite near Keswick.

On being presented with this renowned Cumbrian accolade, John said, "It was a major surprise, and came totally out of the blue. Nothing that has been achieved here at Inglewood Edge is a one man effort –it has been team work over a long period of time.”

“So I am absolutely delighted to accept this award, not just for me but also on behalf of everyone who has contributed to our farm livestock enterprise here at Inglewood Edge since I left school. I would particularly like to thank my family, my wife Mary and our daughters, my brother Peter and is wife Elizabeth.”

John specifically asked to be presented with his medal at Borderway Agri-Expo and he explains why:
”Some of the best days of my life have been spent at Carlisle Mart, mostly selling cattle, so really there was no more appropriate or better place to receive this award.”

Farming at Inglewood Edge is family farming partnership made up of five generations. It is a traditional upland mixed farm in the region of 900 acres with suckler cows and breeding sheep. John and his brother Peter took over the farm at Dalston in 1949. At Agri-Expo this year John and his family were showing in a number of classes including pairs of lambs in the under 40 kilo and over 40 kilo classes. Demonstrating the commitment from the entire family, his two prizewinning granddaughters now in the business, will be showing a pair of lambs in the Young Farmers’ class.

Blamire Trustee Martyn Mawson gives some further background to the 2013 award. “John is well known both locally and nationally, and is a very successful farmer and cattle and sheep breeder. Involved in the Cumbrian community, he is very approachable and especially likes to help and support the younger generation. I have known John personally for many years and I am delighted that it is my duty to make this award to him.”

The Trust award this prize to people they feel who have gone beyond the call of duty and gone out of their way to do as much as they can for the agricultural community. The Trustees are all local farmers and this is their way of recognising the exceptional efforts of those in their own industry.

Commenting afterwards David Pritchard, Operations Director for Agri-Expo and Harrison and Hetherington said: “The whole team at Harrison & Hetherington, would like to congratulate him on receiving this accolade of the Blamire Medal.”


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