Quality wool award
The Ingram family, Logie Durno, Pitcaple, led by husband and wife Willie and Carol Ingram, were presented with their award by George Rouse, Chairman of the BWMB's Scottish Northern Region Committee, and BWMB Regional Manager Stephen Ballinger.
The Ingrams run leading pedigree flocks of Charollais and Texels, selling more than 150 rams a year from their on-farm sale, as well as flocks Suffolks, Bluefaced Leicesters and a large commercial Lleyn flock.
They won the award after BWMB analysed the clip details of more than 4000 farmers who sold wool through BWMB in the Scottish northern region.
Mr Rouse said: "This biennial award was started in 2003 to recognise and encourage better wool production and presentation among farmers in the region which covers the area north of the line from Aberdeen in the east to Ballachullish in the west and includes the Hebridean and Orkney isles."
Judging for the award involved examination of the grading details for all clips handled during the 2011 season by the BWMB depot at Scottish Wool Growers, Evanton, Easter Ross, said Mr Ballinger.
The Ingrams' 2011 clip totalled more than 6900kg from their 2000 ewe flock which is managed on an easier care system.
All wool from the flock classified in to the top two grades in which it was eligible for quality, he added.
"Increasing wool prices mean producers should be taking more care than ever to ensure their wool reaches the BWMB in the best condition possible.
"Not only should wool be delivered with minimal contamination, but it should also be delivered in evenly packed wool sheets without excessive bulges.
This is particularly important where wool is delivered to intermediate depots where sheets are compacted into bundles for onward transport," he added.
Congratulating the Ingrams on their achievement BWMB Chief Executive Officer, Ian Hartley said they should be commended for the effort put in to presenting their clip in such an excellent condition.
He said: "Rising wool prices, which are at 25 year highs and still climbing, mean it is in the interests of all producers to emulate the Ingrams and produce top grade wool and deliver it to BWMB in a fit state for sale."
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