Award for North Wales estate owner

24 January 2013

Lord Newborough, owner of the Rhug Estate, Corwen, North Wales, has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies for his vision and dedication in developing and promoting in Britain and internationally the Rhug brand of organic meats and other organic produce from the estate’s farms.

Lord Newborough took over the family farm of 2300 acres at Rhug on the death of his father in 1998 and has transformed the enterprise from a conventionally farmed low input low output unit staffed by nine people into a business of 6500 acres with 85 employees and a turnover of £7.5m.

Produce bearing the Rhug brand is delivered three times a week to several of London’s top restaurants and is exported to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong. Overseas sales now account for 16% of the total wholesale business.

The estate has its own state-of-the-art meat cutting and processing plant and a new farm shop and restaurant was opened at Rhug last year.

The estate farms produce a full range of organic meat – beef, lamb, salt marsh lamb, chicken, pork, bison, turkeys, geese and also wild game. Organic arable crops include cereals, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beans and peas. The diverse customer base includes supermarkets and mail order purchasers.

Further diversification has included solar, geothermal, ground source, and hydro and wind energy.