Ashbourne dairy farmers, Adam Sills and William Bunting, have been voted cream of the crop in an annual industry award ceremony.
Adam Sills, who farms at Rodsley, was announced Dairy Farmer of the Year and William Bunting, of Alsop was awarded Young Dairy Farmer of the Year by judges from the Arla Foods Milk Partnership.
Beating almost 1,300 dairy farmers to the post, Mr Sills’ continuous investment on his farm and his keen eye to detail wowed judges.
To win the award, farmers had to give examples of business progression, breeding, and forage management as well as demonstrate how his farm was protecting its natural environment.
In the past five years, Adam has invested significantly in his farm which has seen his herd size increase from 140 cows to 240.
They are now housed in a free stall barn with foam mattresses, which alongside the new milking parlour has dramatically improved the running of the farm and the comfort of the cows.
He said: “Our carbon footprint is low per litre of milk produced and ensuring that our farm is well looked after is pivotal to us. We have a new solar panel system enabling the farm to be carbon friendly, which is something that we monitor on a regular basis.
“We have made some huge investments on our farm and everything we have done has been well thought through and discussed at length until we found a good design that suits our cows and labour.
The criteria for Young Dairy Farmer of the year was designed to recognise up-and-coming farmers of the future and was open to members 35 years or under.Since graduating from Harper Adams University, Mr Bunting has used his skills to move the business forward, investing in new technology, and designing a new building especially for newly-calved cows to give them a good start in life.