A dairy farm near Market Harborough has won a national award ahead of more than 600 other farms.
Honeypot Farm in Husbands Bosworth won the award from supermarket giants Tesco.
The Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group Farmer of the Year Award is for dairy operations with strong business performance, technical excellence and high standards of animal health and welfare.
The farm, which has a herd of 400 dairy cows, is run under the business name Garner and Wade; farmers Cliff Garner and Martin Wade, and Mr Wade’s two sons George and Ben.
Martin Wade said: “We came out with the highest score in the country. We’re very pleased, of course.”
The relationship between supermarkets and dairy farmers has not always been easy.
But Mr Wade said Tesco, and some other major supermarkets, now pay a guaranteed price for their milk, based on an average of what it costs farmers to produce the milk.
He said: “Tesco are being very fair to us. And if you have got the right price, it is possible to make a living as a dairy farmer.”
Tesco agricultural manager (dairy) Nic Parsons said: “Farmers get a fair price, make a profit and re-invest in their business, which is good for them and good for us.”
And there is more good news from Honeypot Farm.
It is also diversifying with a new nursery opening recently, for children aged three months to five years.
Called the Dairy Farm Day Nursery, it is run by nursery-nurse Hannah Robinson, Ben Wade’s fiancée, assisted by Martin Wade’s wife Rachael.
Mr Wade said: “The building the nursery is in used to be an old school 100 years ago. Hannah has converted it into a nursery which can take up to 18 children. And for children, it’s quite exciting to be close to a farm; to feed the calves or to go on country walks.”
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