Poultry farming has been in the Tulip family for over 60 years, starting with Great Grandfather George, grandfather George, father George, and the current generation, wait for it… Stephen and Richard.
The family first became involved in farming during the second world war when Great Grandfather George Tulip was co-opted into the “Dig for Britain” campaign. Great Grandfather George worked for the council, advising and helping local people to set up chicken coops in their back gardens so as many people as possible could have their own eggs, and this is where the family`s involvement and love of poultry began.
Both during and after the war there were huge food shortages so the dig for Britain campaign encouraged everyone to grow their own food and rear their own animals. Then as now eggs, were a great source of protein; nutritious, tasty, and good for you. As well as being economical of course. All of which factors are equally as important today as they were then.
By this time Great Grandfather George and his wife Georgina, (you will notice a certain pattern emerging here!) had three sons and one daughter. Margaret, Josh, Thomas and George, the eldest. Tragically, both Josh and Thomas died in separate incidents during the war when their submarines went down. After the war, with work in the North East very scarce, George Junior moved south to Surrey, with virtually only the clothes on his back. He found work on a chicken farm, and often recalled the fact that he had to work for several weeks in order to be able to buy his first pair of work boots.
George’ Junior’s time in Surrey went well and he became farm manager, met his future wife, and had three children. But the North East was in his Blood, and despite memories of standing in line at soup kitchens, he was determined to move back home and start his own poultry business, strongly motivated by a fierce determination to build a better life for his children. This was accomplished in 1951 when after years of saving, a 3 acre plot with a house was purchased in Sunniside near Newcastle. From that day to this the business has continued to grow, and in 1963 the move was made to the present site at Lintz Hall Farm, Near Burnopfield, in the Beautiful Derwent Valley. The original site of 120 acres, now extends to 600.
Lintz Hall now employs over 50 people, and is home to many thousands of birds,sheep and horses. At about the same time as the move to Burnopfield, George`s son, yet another George, took over the running of the business which continued to grow year on year, and although he is still very much involved in the business, the farm is now managed by his sons, the 4th generation of the farming family, Stephen and Richard Tulip.
The main focus of the business is, as always, poultry and egg production. Lintz Hall’s “PREMIER QUALITY” and “DERWENT VALLEY FREE RANGE” brand eggs are now delivered all over the North East of England by our own fleet of delivery vehicles. The customer base is diverse, and ranges from supermarket chains to corner shops, hospitals, local authorities, hotels and restaurants We take great pride in the quality of our product and the welfare of our animals together with the high level of service we provide to our customers, and we believe this is reflected in the customer feedback, the comments and compliments which we receive from them.
Commitment to our customers is demonstrated in the current program of extending and upgrading the packing centre, complete with a new Moba egg grading and packing machine, as well as installing brand new state of the art, colony egg production systems, which comply with EU legislation coming into force on January 1 2012 . The colony system is essentially, the original chicken coop idea re invented for today`s marketplace, and will enable us to meet the demands of all our customers for a fresh, locally produced egg, from happy, healthy hens, complimenting our popular Derwent Valley Free Range Eggs.