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RABDF Council Member Awarded BBC Farmer of the Year

Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ Council member, Mary Mead has been awarded the BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year Award.

Mary Mead receives her award from Alex James
(photo courtesy BBC/Mark Allan)

Mary Mead

She was presented with the accolade by writer, farmer and broadcaster, Alex James at the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards staged at the NEC, Birmingham this week.

Alex James commented: “Each of the three finalists was truly inspirational, however we were impressed by Mary Mead, her animal husbandry, her detailed knowledge of every animal in the herd and the fact she combined beef, sheep and laying hens made the farm all the more special.”

Mrs Mead who took over the running of Holt Farms based at Blagdon, Somerset following the death of her husband in 1990, is totally committed to dairy farming. The 400 cow British Friesians herd is central to the farming operation which also includes organic beef, sheep, laying hens, arable and vegetable enterprises. Milk is sold to the family owned dairy company Yeo Valley, managed by her son, Tim and mainly produces yogurts, along with milk, cheese and ice cream and desserts.

Mary Mead commented: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award, and I would like to use this opportunity to draw attention to the ever-decreasing band of UK dairy farmers who work so hard 365 days a year to produce that most valuable of commodities-MILK and upon which so many jobs further up the food chain, depend.”

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