Award for farming family

Ian Milne is presented his award for Dairy Farmer of the Year at the Co-op Farming Awards 2016

Ian Milne is presented his award for Dairy Farmer of the Year at the Co-op Farming Awards 2016

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A father and son farming duo from Farnell have won a national award at the Co-Ops inaugural Farming Conference in Manchester last month.

Ian and Sandy Milne, of Carcary Farm, who manage a 410-strong dairy herd were crowned “Dairy Farmers of the Year 2016” for their outstanding attention to detail and farming foresight.

Ian Milne was presented his trophy by Chris Boardman, MBE and Ciara Gorst, the Co-op’s senior agricultural manager.

Mrs Gorst said: “We’re delighted to call Ian and Sandy our Dairy Farmers of the Year. They excel in all areas of dairy farming and have invested heavily in cow comfort, renewable energy and the overall health and wellbeing of their herd. They are true Scotsman – not to mention real pioneers and advocates for the industry getting heavily involved with Open Farm Sunday and the Royal Highland Education Trust.”

Last month, the Co-op extended its commitment to back UK farmers by announcing that it will switch all of its fresh bacon to 100 per cent British from May 2017.