Honiton trio secure top honours at Devon farming awards

PUBLISHED: 14:18 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 26 May 2017

Award winner: Dairy farmer Tim Rich.

Award winner: Dairy farmer Tim Rich.

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Tim Rich of Broadley Farm, near Honiton, impressed the judges with his astute business sense to scoop the crown of county's best - while Len and Angela Bartlett of Hayne Farm and Bartlett's Farm Shop also won a prestigious award.

A dairy farmer and two business owners who work near Honiton have scooped prestigious gongs at the Devon Farm Business Awards.

Tim Rich of Broadley Farm, near Honiton, impressed the judges with his astute business sense and scooped the prestigious accolade of Dairy Farmer of the Year at the awards.

His passion for cows and natural ability as a stockman, along with his hard work and commitment has seen his farm turned around, with animal welfare his top priority.

Len and Angela Bartlett of Hayne Farm and Bartlett’s Farm Shop near Honiton received the CAAV John Neason Diversification Award.

When the Bartlett family took over their 400 acre rented farm in 2009 there was a small farm shop, but in the intervening years the family has developed Bartlett’s Farm Shop into a must-visit local retail outlet, which employs five full time equivalent members of staff.

Run by Len and Angela’s daughters Rebecca and Nicola, with help from their son Daniel, the farm shop sells beef and lamb produced on the farm, as well as supporting 30 other local producers.

The family opened a coffee shop in 2012 and during the quieter winter months provide breakfasts to a number of shoots.

The business also has expansion prospects and the family is now investigating the possibility of setting up a small scale dairy processing business to sell products through the shop.

The awards, which are in their fourth year, are organised by Addington Fund, Stephens Scown LLP and Devon County Agricultural Association.

Designed to celebrate and showcase the best farmers and farming businesses in Devon, the awards took place on Wednesday, May 17– the eve of the Devon County Show.

Ian Bell OBE, chief ececutive of the Addington Fund said: “The Devon Farm Business Awards are one of the highlights of my year. From reviewing the nominations to meeting the winners on the night - at every stage, I am struck by the quality of farming businesses we have here in Devon.

“As well as celebrating success, the awards help us to raise vital funds for the Addington Fund, which will be used to help provide housing for farming families who have to leave the industry through no fault of their own.”

Mary Quicke MBE, chairman of Council of Devon County Agricultural Association said: “Once again, our Devon Farm Business Award winners are demonstrating that, for all the current uncertainties, farming remains an industry of enterprise and opportunity.

“They are an inspiration to their fellow farmers, and standard bearers for Devon farming to the wider world.

“The Devon County Agricultural Association is proud to have been able to help give these outstanding farming people and businesses the recognition they deserve.”

The winners each received a handmade trophy created by local fused glass designers Mother and Daughter Glass from Plymouth.

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