Lyndsey Awde of Broadmeadows near Penrith has been named Producer of the Year by Meadow Foods, which founded the dairy awards to share best practice amongst its 520 dairy farmers.
The win follows a major investment programme at Broadmeadows to maximise cow welfare and secure the long-term future of the dairy farm. The initiative has more than doubled the dairy farm’s herd to 450 cows, which now produce almost 10,000 litres of milk a year.
John and Anna Booth of Rhual Dairy in Mold secured Meadow Foods’s award for Commitment to Quality and Farm Assurance, while Malcolm Dockeray of Kelsick House Farm in Wigton was named Growing Farm of the Year.
Simon Chantler, executive chairman at Meadow Foods, said: “We launched the dairy awards recognition of the many dairy farmers who continue to deliver quality milk and dairy business growth despite tough market conditions.
“The success of the Awdes’ expansion is testament to the family’s ability to spot an opportunity for growth and invest in it.
“By sharing their learnings and working together as an industry, we’re confident that we can help ensure that long-term prospects for British dairying remain bright.”
Meadow Foods – the UK’s leading independent dairy group – will give winners in the Commitment to Quality & Farm Assurance and Growing Farm of the Year categories £1,000 each, while the overall Producer of the Year receives £3,000