VIP prize for local dairy farmers
Dairy farming couple Andrew and Julie Bray, from St Martin,
have just returned from an all expenses paid VIP trip to the Royal Show
at Stoneleigh after winning a prize draw at this year's Royal Cornwall
The couple's entry was first out of the hat in a
prize draw run by Rural Progress, a project with investment from Objective
One that helps develop new ideas and skills in farming and land based
Andrew and Julie who run a dairy herd of 225 Holstein
Frisians on their 280 acre farm at St Martin were delighted with their
"The over night accommodation was outstanding and
we had many privileges with our VIP governor's passes, we had a
banquet lunch and access to the grandstand to watch the cattle judging
and grand parade in comfort,"
"The show was very interesting especially 'The
Dairy Chain'; it covered everything from grass seeds, genetics for
breeding programmes to milk production, manufacturing and retailers. I
found it very useful being able to talk to the buyers from the large supermarket
The couple also took their 16 year son Martin. He was
particularly interested in all the latest machinery and Julie was very
impressed by the Cornwall Taste of the West pavilion.
"It was really good to see lots of local producers
promoting their products and Cornwall out of the region," she commented.
The couple received a mail shot promoting the prize draw
and thought it was just the ticket as they hoped to visit the show this
"As dairy farmers we don't get the opportunity
to go off on holidays so this came as a very welcome short break," said Andrew. "The experience has really made me think about how
we go about marketing our milk and the possible alternatives."
Paul Charlton, project manager from Rural Progress who
presented the couple with their prize said: "The Royal Show showcases
innovation and excellence in British agriculture and rural industries,
this is exactly what Rural Progress is trying to encourage through skills
development and knowledge transfer."
"We appreciate how difficult it is for people
to leave their business or farms, if only for a couple of days, but this
time can be important for both reflection on current performance and inspiration
for future ideas. We are really pleased that Andrew, Julie and Martin
had such a good trip."
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