Cereals UK was ye again a great event, and some of the best-known UK companies joined together to exhibit at a new location near Cambridge, UK.
An expected total of 26,000 visitors to over 500 stands made this annual outdoors exhibition a great time for all. In the “Post-Harvest Technologies” sections there were some great displays of machinery, products and services. The International Milling Directory was distributed to many visitors and exhibitors there. Some of the stands we visited were: HGCA, nabim, Bayer CropScience, Chief Industries UK, DanCorn, Guttridge, Cropmech, Bentall Rowlands and Satake.
The new animal feed section at HGCA’ s stand was of great interest to us at the International Milling Directory. There were some great pieces of information at the animal feed section, one advertised fact that 57% of UK wheat goes to animal feed seemed to be a very high number, that was assured to be true!
nabim also were hosted again in the HGCA stand, they were handing out 500 gram bags of flour at their stand. The UK grown and milled strong white bread flour was produced using nabim Group 1 breadmaking wheat varieties and was a great freebie.
MILLING WHEAT CHALLENGE 2014
nabim, supported by HGCA, announced the three farmer finalists for the 2014 Milling Wheat Challenge at the Cereals Event on Wednesday 11th June. Now in its fifth year, the aim of the Challenge is to find the country’s best milling wheat grower.
The 2014 finalists are:
- Robert Chapman, South Lodge Farm, Barnwell, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
- Rick Davies, Newton Lodge, Clifton Reynes, Buckinghamshire
- Joseph Edwards, Boddington Estates, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
As in previous years, the standard of the entries has remained very high and the judges had a tough job selecting the finalists.
Each of the finalists farm significant areas with wheat as their main crop. All three are forward-thinking, very technically competent and consistently grow quality crops of bread-making wheats.
The Challenge has become established as a formal recognition by Britain’s flour millers of how the country’s best growers combine attention to detail with end-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the whole wheat chain.
Judging of the three finalists will take place in June and July when visits will be made to their farms. Detailed discussions will take place with the growers themselves, their crops will be walked and inspections made of any storage facilities.
The judges for 2014 are Martin Savage from nabim, HGCA Head of Regional Development Richard Laverick and Mark Ireland, a Lincolnshire farmer and “Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year 2009”.
The finalists, together with leaders from the UK wheat supply chain, will be invited to a celebration dinner hosted by nabim at the Ritz Hotel in London where the winning grower will be announced.