Nottinghamshire dairy farmers, the Sharman family’s New Holbeck Farm located in Hallam, Newark, have been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Dairy Innovator of the Year 2015 category at The British Farming Awards.
The British Farming Awards highlight the determination and tenacity of British farmers in ever-changing and challenging conditions and climates. They recognise farmers who are taking positive steps to achieving a bigger and better business thanks to the innovations they have made.
Dairy Farmer Ian Sharman, who is renowned in the UK dairy industry for his 430‐strong herd of French Montbeliarde cows, installed a Vergnet 275kW medium wind turbine to help off-set energy demands on the farm and to generate additional income.
Since diversifying in renewables by installing a Vergnet wind turbine on the farm in 2012, and subsequently installing solar PV panels, New Holbeck farm is now powered almost entirely by renewables. This has enabled the Sharman family to control their energy costs and make savings at the vast farm. The Vergnet wind turbine powers the farm for eight hours a day, with excess power fed into the grid, providing an additional source of revenue for the family.
Vergnet works with partners and developers in the UK to provide high performance wind turbines for medium wind energy projects from 200 to 500kW. To date, the company has installed medium scale wind turbines on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland. The company’s UK subsidiary is based in Ripley, Derbyshire.
The 2015 British Farming Awards ceremony takes place in Worcestershire on 15th October and will host more than 500 farmers and industry representatives, gathering to celebrate the very best in British farming innovation. For more information on New Holbeck Farm, read our case study: http://www.vergnet.co.uk/case-studies/new-holbeck-farm-nottinghamshire/
Vergnet will soon be joining other UK dairy farmers interested in diversifying with wind energy at UK Dairy Day being held at the International Centre in Telford in Shropshire on Wednesday 16th September 2015.
UK Dairy Day, organised by Holstein UK, is set to feature over 7,000 square metres of exhibition space and over 180 dairy cows included in the cattle show throughout the dedicated one day event.
The theme for 2015 is ‘Sharing knowledge for a profitable dairy industry’ and those UK farmers and landowners interested in saving energy costs and driving additional income from wind energy are invited to join Vergnet on Stand number F18 in the concourse area 3 at the event.