New award recognises farmers integrating sustainability into their farm systems

New award recognises farmers integrating sustainability into their farm systems


VetPartners has launched the VetPartners Farming Awards, to recognise the achievements made by farmers across the UK when it comes to improving the sustainability of their systems, while continuing to prioritise animal health and productivity.

Farm director Ian Cure explains that the dairy award winner will be selected at DairyTech in April, with anyone at the event being able to hear more about the shortlisted farms and cast their vote for the ‘VetPartners Sustainable Dairy Farmer of the Year’.

“The sustainability awards celebrate the farmers who are delivering outstanding environmental and economic benefits to their livestock or local environment,” says Ian.

“The shortlisted dairy farmers were nominated by their vets based on their commitment to continuous improvement in their farming processes, whether that is through herd efficiency gains, working with the environment or sharing their knowledge with the wider community.

“Reasons for nomination included exemplary antibiotics stewardship, a strategic approach to parasite control and use of multipurpose breeds to produce bull calves with greater potential,” he adds.

The shortlisted dairy farmers are:

  • Paul Herron – Harton Lodge Farm, Yorkshire

  • E Gill – Cockshotts Farm, Clitheroe

  • Marcus and Sam Hunt – Buckwell Lodge, Leicestershire

Ian encourages anyone at DairyTech to visit the VetPartners stand (i13) to cast their vote, or to look out for virtual voting instructions on VetPartners social media.

“Getting involved with selecting a winner allows anyone to play a part in recognising the sheer determination, hard work and resilience of our British farmers,” he says.

“As a farm vet, I’m incredibly proud of what UK-based livestock farmers are already achieving when it comes to sustainability,” says Ian.

“Working with farmers to find the win-win solutions, where a change in approach can result in efficiency gains, improved productivity and sustainability, is one of the most rewarding parts of being a farm vet.”

The awards are also open to beef and sheep farmers, with the winners of these categories set to be announced later in the year.

You can vote for your Sustainable Dairy Farm of the Year here:

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