This week started with BBC Radio Suffolk's roving reporter Luke Deal visiting the farm to do a live report on the state of farmland birds in response to a story that was run on BBC 1 on Inside Out. Luke was on the farm to see whether farmers should be forgetting about conservation management in favour or maximising food production. Whilst we were waiting there was hundreds of birds feeding and the whole are was alive with activity. This shows the benefit of supplement feeding especially as when the snow was on the ground.
Go to 1 hr 25 to hear the full piece.
- The Barker Boys
- Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.