In July 2010 we opened a new £2 million development which included a new 20,000 tonne capacity grain store, complete with a new 100 tonne per hour dryer and cleaning plant.
This investment has vastly improved our productivity, our plant is now one of the most efficient in the UK. Where possible quality and value is optimised, we have an efficient grain segregation system. Since 2010 the increased capacity has enabled us to supply Simpsons Malt Ltd with a large volume of winter malting barley.
All the barley has been grown within a close proximity of Longhirst and all of it dried and stored to the high standard demanded by the Simpsons process control plan.
Increasingly the food industry wishes to buy from modern co-operatives because they demand exacting standards and can ensure continuity of supply.
The new modernised drying and storage set-up means that individual farmers do not have to install sophisticated drying and storage equipment on their farms. They are also assured that if there is another bumper harvest like 2015, their grain will be accommodated and dried as quickly as possible.
Now that we can ensure that crops will be stored correctly with an assured market for the grain, we know we can develop our business and invite more farmers to invest in the North East Grains co-operative.
Who’s Who at North East Grains
North East Grains' Board Members
- David Dungait (Chairman)Hebron, Morpeth
- Michael Howie (Vice Chairman)Morwick Farm, Acklington
- Iain CraigsTritlington Hall, Morpeth
- Jim BeattieLesbury, Alnwick
- David StoreyStart-Up Farm, Ponteland
- Charles PearsonMiddle Duddo Farm, Stannington
- Neil CarrManaging Director, North East Grains
- David JordonOld Moor Farm, Longhirst
- David WatsonUniversity of Newcastle, Cockle Park Farm
- Roger DickinsonNetherton Park Steads, Stenington