Mathew Venables named BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2013

Mathew Venables named BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cheshire dairy farmer Mathew Venables has won the UK Grassland Farmer of the Year Award, run annually by the British Grassland Society (BGS).

BGS president Helen Mathieu, along with representatives of competition sponsors GrowHow and DLF Trifolium, announced the winner at a dedicated awards ceremony, in Fishguard, West Wales on Wednesday (23 October).

The event was hosted by North Pembrokeshire Grassland Society, local society of sheep farmer Neil Perkins, who won the award last year.  The runners-up were dairy farmers Andrew Owen from Ceredigion and Mark Cash from Yorkshire.

Head judge Richard Ratcliffe, a dairy farmer and former BGS President, commended all three finalists for the excellence of their grassland management, and for running productive and profitable businesses. This was echoed by fellow judges Elaine Jewkes of GrowHow and Tim Kerridge of DLF-Trifolium.

The competition, which draws entrants from local grassland societies from across the UK, examines the farmers’ approach to areas such as grazing, nutrient management, reseeding policy and silage-making, as well as their overall business strategy and philosophy. 

A full report from the competition and awards ceremony will be featured in the BGS Grass & Forage Farmer magazine in early December.

 Photo (from left to right):

Back row: Richardf Rattcliffe (head judge), Jeff Evans (FWGS Chairman)

Front row: Andrew Owen, Mark Cash, Elaine Jewkes (GrowHow), Mathew Venables (Winner), Neil Perkins (2012 Winner) & Helen Mathieu (BGS President) 






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