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National recognition for Oxfordshire Estate

PUBLISHED: 18:24 17 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:30 20 February 2013

An Oxfordshire farm has been recognised as a leader in its field at the prestigious Farm Business Awards 2012.

National recognition
for Oxfordshire Estate

An Oxfordshire farm has been recognised as a leader in its field at the prestigious Farm Business Awards 2012.

The Upton Estate, near Banbury, was Highly Commended in the Champion Sustainable Farm category at the annual awards event this weekend (Saturday, December 15).

The honour is in recognition of the farms outstanding environmental credentials and its successful diversification into a range of rural enterprises.

Rob Allan, who manages the 2,000 acre estate said: It is a real honour to be recognised for an award because it reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the business.

We care passionately about the quality of what we do and we believe very strongly in delivering a balance producing food for both us and the natural wildlife in the area. Our aim is always to ensure that the species associated with farmland are able to thrive alongside our crops and the livestock.

As well as farming cattle and sheep, the estate is home to an acclaimed thoroughbred stud operation and 40 residential properties.

It also takes part in a number of environmental trials and hosts training events for people wanting to learn about sustainable farming.

Nigel Parsons, MD of Landmark Systems, whose financial software is a key part of the smooth running of the multi-business estate, said: Rob and his team combine cutting edge technology with a traditional approach to land management.

They are the perfect example of how imagination and drive, coupled with a passion for the environment can deliver success even in the most challenging times.

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