A BARNSLEY farmer has been recognised as one of the best in his field after making it to the final four of the Beef Innovator of the Year category in the British Farmers’ Awards.

Mark Crapper, of New Grange Farm in Billingley, has been nominated for the award after a record number of registrations were made highlighting the work done on farms throughout the country.

Farming has been a vital industry throughout the pandemic as farmers and local producers have had to serve the nation.

Mark told the Chronicle: “I feel honoured to be considered for this award, especially in these unpredictable and precarious times.

“There is a lot of hard work and time put into everything we do at New Grange Farm by all the family.

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“Over the years we have made large improvements and alterations to increase the productivity and profitability of our enterprise.

“Farming is an extremely competitive, yet rewarding industry to be part of.

“Our enterprise, along with many others are adapting to new challenges, but I am determined to be the best I can be and drive the business forward in order to stand us in better stead for future challenges.”

Sophie Throup, head of agriculture and sustainable sourcing at Morrisons, added: “In these unprecedented times, we would like to thank and celebrate the work of British farmers and growers who are helping to feed the nation.

“The awards provides us with a timely reminder to pause and acknowledge the effort, innovation and skills which go into providing food farmed to high standards that we all enjoy.”

The Nicholson family, who run Cannon Hall Farm, have also made the shortlist for the Family Farming Business of the Year.

For more information on the awards and information on the finalists, visit www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk