Cream of the crop

23rd September 2017

Cream of the crop

Industry experts named Grosvenor Farms Limited as the Farm Business of the Year 2016 at a prestigious awards evening held at the House of Commons.

The Food & Farming Industry Awards have taken place for more than a decade and each year the nation's finest farmers come together celebrate the cream of British farming.

The awards, which took place in December at the House of Commons, were hosted by Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton & Honiton and Chair of the DEFRA Select Committee.

Mark Roach, Managing Director of Grosvenor Farms Limited, said: "We were delighted to be named Farm Business of the Year 2016 at the Food & Farming Industry Awards. The award recognised Grosvenor Farms for being at the forefront of the industry in food production, technology, the environment and staff development."

Judges praised GFL describing the business as "in the vanguard of modern farming", a top performer in animal welfare, and a farm the industry should be proud of.

Earlier in 2016, GFL was recognised as the UK's Dairy Company of the Year at the Cream Awards where it was also named as the UK's leading farm for health and welfare, and was highly commended for use of farming technology.

GFL is a mixed farm extending to 2,330 hectares (5,755 acres) on the Eaton Estate. The farm is home to 1,650 dairy cows and 1,000 dairy heifers supplying about 55,000 litres of fresh milk daily to the retail market. It grows 2,100 hectares (5,190 acres) of crops, some of which is fed to its livestock with the remainder being used in food production and animal feed. The remaining 216 hectares (535 acres) are managed to benefit wildlife and biodiversity.

It is one of the operating companies of the Wheatsheaf Group which invests in organisations concerned with sustaining food, water and energy and this philosophy is being put into practice on the farm. Through our links with Wheatsheaf's leading bovine genetics business, Cogent, they work together to enhance herd health, productivity and quality.

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