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‘Young Producer of The Year’ for Linden’s Beef Farmer Noel Hooke

Local producer for Linden Foods and Marks & Spencer has been rewarded for his talent as an inspirational Young Producer at a M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ Award presentation, which took place at this years Balmoral Show.

Noel Hooke from Co. Down scooped the 'Young Producer Award' which champions forward-thinking individuals whose technical ability or business aptitude promises to make a positive impact on their sector, and who demonstrate they have what it takes to lead the next generation of farmers.

Noel farms alongside his father Laurence on the family farm just outside Hillsborough, County Down were they concentrate on beef production and in particular on producing Aberdeen Angus cattle for Linden Foods and Marks and Spencer.

The judges were impressed by the fact that in his quest for farming knowledge, Noel had travelled extensively and had now returned home to put into practice much of what he had learn't and the fact he was doing this in an environmental and sustainable manner.