We are delighted to have been chosen as McDonald’s Farmer Innovation winners for 2016.
McDonald’s UK works closely with its suppliers, and are incredibly proud of the 17,500 British and Irish farmers who supply the 1200 strong chain with the quality ingredients they need every year in order to serve their 3.5 million customers daily. McDonald’s are committed to supporting the farming industry, and this award recognises outstanding farmers in their field and champion good practice across their supply chain and in the wider farming industry.
As an Arla dairy farmer, Ian and his 120 strong dairy herd, were shortlisted from all sectors of the farming supply chain, including dairy, beef, poultry and potatoes. The final 3 were then judged by the McDonalds team, headed up by Nina Prichard, McDonald’s Agriculture Manager. The team were looking for famers who demonstrate a forward thinking approach, with a real dedication and passion for building a sustainable and innovative farm business, as well as being prepared to share this knowledge with others.
On winning the award, Nina said “We felt that Ian was a progressive farmer who applies innovation by thinking inquisitively and finds practical solutions to everyday farming. The attention to detail, whilst also adopting a ‘keep it simple’ approach works well, and the focus to soil health and management, grass growth, technology to assess animal health and welfare and adoption of new techniques such as underfloor heating and solar automatic gate latches, is truly innovative as well as sustainable. Plus he obviously enjoys sharing his knowledge with the farm visitors and school visits. This is why Ian was the overall winner of this award”.
The award was collected by Ian and Alison at the Supply conference on the 10th November at the Hilton, Wembley, London. Ian, said “We are delighted to have won this award and it’s fantastic recognition for all the team who work at the farm. We are committed in making our dairy farm the best it can be, and to adopt a sustainable approach in everything we do. We must also thank McDonald’s and Arla for putting on such a great evening, and our award is pride of place at home.