This year’s Cream Awards, run by British Dairying magazine to celebrate all that’s great about the sector, saw the introduction of a new category – the ‘Organic Dairy Farmer of the Year’, sponsored by Hi Peak Feeds.
The objective was to recognise excellence in the successful organic dairying sector and was independently judged by Jon Wilson, farms manager at Holt Farms and Yeo Valley.
Coming up trumps in the judging was Glasgoforest, in Aberdeenshire, which is owned by Anne and William Willis. Highly Commended was Lyndon and Thomas Edwards’ Severndale Farm in Chepstow.
Glasgoforest was the first organic dairy business in Scotland and has been a member of and supplier to OMSCo for 20 years. It has 140 Holstein Friesians on 390 acres, with an average milk yield of 7,945 litres, of which 4,190 come from forage. The judges said that: “With a clear objective to produce organic milk in an efficient and sustainable way, the Willis’ have scrutinised every element of their business. Routinely measuring and monitoring data, they have been able to fine-tune their management to ensure optimum performance across the system, from grass management to calf rearing. This was reflected in a highly impressive set of costings, which would be inline with those of the top dairy herds in the UK.”