Essex business looks to break world record for farm to fork bread

RAGT's world record attempt.

RAGT's world record attempt. - Credit: Archant

An Ickleton business has attempted to break the world record for producing the quickest baker’s dozen of loaves from the field.

Ragt's world record attempt.

Ragt's world record attempt. - Credit: Archant

Seed breeders RAGT, organised by agronomy company ProCam, produced 13 loaves using wheat they had harvested earlier that day. The Skyfall grain was then milled, made into a soda-based dough and then baked.

The process took only 15 minutes and 27 minutes – 63.83 seconds faster than the record, set in Australia in January 2013.

Footage of the attempt has now been sent to the Guinness Book of World Records, which will let RAGT know if it has officially broken the record.

Dr Tudor Dawkins, ProCam technical director and baker, said: “It’s a bit of fun really, but there is a serious message behind it in reminding people of the closeness of the link between our countryside and the food they eat.

“At another level, it focuses the mind on the considerable effort now going into crop production thinking and technology to help growers produce crops that meet the precise needs of consumers in the most cost-effective and sustainable manner possible for the future.”

Simon Howell, managing director of plant breeder RAGT Seeds, added: “To beat the existing record by over a minute, subject to confirmation, is fantastic. Tudor approached us to see if we could help and we were only too pleased to be involved, as ProCam has been helping farmers across the country to ensure Skyfall delivers on farm.”