Award-winning Norfolk couple are the best pig farmers in the country
PUBLISHED: 06:34 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 05 October 2018
A Norfolk farming couple are celebrating a major industry accolade after being named the best pig producers in the country at a national awards ceremony.
Rob and Helen Mutimer, who run Swannington Farm to Fork, based in the village of the same name near Reepham, have won the Pig Farmer of the Year category in the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards.
The farm produces about 14,000 pigs per year from its high-welfare herd of 700 sows.
Most are destined for Waitrose stores, but an increasing number is processed through the firm’s own expanding butchery, which supplies catering outlets across Norfolk and north Suffolk, including pubs, restaurants, hotels and cafes as well as the UEA and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The couple have also established a scheme to share 20pc of profits with staff so their employees can share in their success.
Awards judges said: “Husband and wife team Rob and Helen Mutimer of Woodlands Farm, run a highly customer-focused business targeting a mix of markets. They have built up a thriving family enterprise – becoming excellent industry ambassadors.”
Writer, broadcaster, and former MP Gyles Brandreth presented the awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane last night.