Congratulations to all of the Farmers’ Weekly Award nominees.
But we wanted to say a special congratulations to the nominees who are involved in the Innovative Farmers network:
John Pawsey – Arable Farmer of the Year
John has been involved in the network since the pilot phase back in 2012. He has brought sheep back on to his farm for the first time in generations, and hosted a field lab measuring how effective they were at controlling blackgrass. The kick-off meeting for the Anglia Farmers field lab looking for alternatives to glyphosate for terminating cover crops was held on his farm, and he recently held an event looking at intercropping cereals – an area with lots of potential for field labs. Congratulations on your nomination John!
Dafydd Jones – Sheep Farmer of the Year
Dafydd started up a field lab with his neighbouring sheep farmers after seeing remarkable weight gain in his beef cattle and lambs that were grazed on a diverse ley mix. Dafydd supplies lamb to Waitrose under the Duchy Organic brand and received a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales’ who came to see the trial in action. Well deserved Dafydd.
Paul Redmore – Farm Manager of the Year
Paul has been recognised for his development of new products and routes to market, but he’s also been involved in several field labs. Paul took part in the mastitis typing trial, where he learned to use an on-farm bacteria typing kit to determine whether the mastitis infection his cows were suffering from would respond to antibiotics, or not. Seeing a need for organic protein sources for animal feed, Paul is now involved in the Mole Valley Farmers trial testing lupins as a source of homegrown protein.
Photo courtesy of Farm Business magazine.
Tim Downes – Dairy Farmer of the Year
Tim is a certainly an innovative dairy farmer. He’s established an agroforestry project on his farm and is grazing his organic dairy herd in the trees. The trees aren’t just supplying additional fodder. Using sensors, Tim has been tracking which cows browse the trees and linking the species with any ailments or deficiencies which the animals are displaying. Tim spoke about his findings at our Innovation Day last September.