The Bruff machine
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The historic hop-picking machine

Stocks Farm is one of only 50 hop farms left in the UK. This farming sector has been in decline for decades.

But over the past four years it has revived, helped by a surge in demand from the United States.

At Stocks Farm, they are coming to the end of the hop-picking season.

As Alison Capper, owner of Stocks Farm and head of the British Hop Association, explains, the hop stalks or bines are fed into the huge "Bruff" hop-picker - a locally-produced machine dating back 50 years - before the flowers are dried, packed and delivered to the breweries.

  • 02 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK
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