Thursday, 14 December 2017

Farmer in line for food award

A SHEEP farmer has been has been nominated in the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

A SHEEP farmer has been has been nominated in the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Tracy “Bill” Betteridge, 44, of Bradley Road, Nuffield, set up Chiltern Lamb to sell her meat directly to the public.

She has a stall at the monthly Henley farmers’ market as well as selling to pubs and restaurants including the Quince Tree in Stonor, the Dog & Badger in Medmenham and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton.

She has a flock of native breeds of sheep, including Balwen, Kerry Hills, Jacobs and Badger Face, which are purely grass fed, which improves the flavour and texture of the lamb.

“The sheep have a basic grass diet,” she said. “They mature slowly and I use my dogs to work them.”



Miss Betteridge has more than 100 breeding ewes and several rams. Her main breeding flock is kept in Danesfield in the Hambleden Valley and at Fawley.

She was nominated for the award by Carol Crowdy, a spinner and folk singer from Henley.

She said: “With her Chiltern Lamb brand, Tracy has created an amazing business from scratch.

“She has a clear focus and high standards of animal welfare. She clearly believes that happy sheep make tender meat. We wish her every success with her business and with this award.”

The awards were set up by BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme in 2000.



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