Lincolnshire farmer wins national award for 'Forage Aid' work
Two Lincolnshire farmers have won national agriculture awards.
Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward was named Farming Champion of the Year, after he set up a charity to help farmers hit by snowstorms earlier this year.
The Farmers Weekly Awards were hosted at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night.
Deciding the award, the judges said: “When the March snowstorms crippled hill farmers, Andrew could not just sit back and watch.
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“He donated his own fodder but realising this was not enough, he used Twitter and the local radio to appeal to farmers and other agricultural suppliers to help.”
Mr Ward set up the Forage Aid charity following the snowstorms.
He donated nearly £100,000 worth of forage to about 240 livestock farmers badly hit by sudden harsh weather earlier this year.
NFU President Peter Kendall said: “Andrew thoroughly deserves this award for what was a selfless act to help hundreds of farmers in another sector.
“Through Twitter and local radio, he managed to coordinate more than 60 lorry loads of donated hay and silage, worth nearly £100,000, to stricken hill farmers in Cumbria, North Wales, Shropshire, Devon and North Yorkshire, throwing a lifeline not just to them but to their animals.
"He really did save businesses and families from financial ruin."
The second Lincolnshire farmer to scoop an award was Keith Norman from national farming company Velcourt.
He was named Farm Adviser of the Year, after spending 25 years working on science to improve crop production.