Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Poultry (free range eggs)
Dan lives and works on the family farm on the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border growing wheat, linseed, sugar beet and potatoes on 600 acres (243 hectares). He also has 44,000 free range hens, laying between 35,000 and 40,000 eggs every day. They are sold off the farm to a single company in Bedfordshire.
When Dan was growing up, it was a dairy farm. He didn’t know anything about free range egg production until he used it as a case study for an A-level Business Studies project. He then forgot all about it and went off to East Anglia University to study Business Studies in 2000.
By the time Dan graduated, his family were looking for a diversification. Dan dusted off his A-level coursework and started researching free range production. The first poultry shed was built in 2004.
By 2015, the eggs were doing so well, a second shed went up and the farm now focuses purely on poultry and arable.
Member of the NFU and BFREPA (British Free Range Egg Producers Association)
Previous media experience
Interviewed on BBC Breakfast, Radio 4’s Today and Radio 5 Live about the H5N8 Avian Flu outbreak in 2016.