Hebden Bridge farmer voted the best!

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Calderdale beef and sheep farmer Brian Lund, who farms 350 acres of hill land at Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, is Craven Cattle Marts’ 2012 Farmer of the Year.

The annual awards scheme recognises the contribution of regular vendors at Skipton Auction Mart and honours a champion among them.

Points are awarded for both prize winners at livestock shows and highest priced stock in several categories at weekly sales throughout the year.

Mr Lund, who also won the individual prime cattle awards category, has this year presented multiple champions and prizewinners at the North Yorkshire venue, where he sells the vast majority of his livestock.

In 2012, he sold 357 head of sheep, predominantly Mule and Texel-cross prime lambs, and 57 prime cattle, primarily British Blue, Limousin and Parthenais.

Three generations of the Lund family have farmed at Walshaw Farm, which stands on the Saville Estate on isolated moorland.

Mr Lund’s father James established the business in 1962, with Mr Lund taking over in his own right on his father’s retirement in 2001.

His wife Linda and son, Richard, are also fully involved.

Mr Lund received his awards from the Craven Cattle Marts’ chairman Anthony Hewetson.