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Mole Valley Farmers Supports Devon FWAG



Mole Valley Farmers have joined other businesses in the region to support the Devon FWAG Bronze Otter Trophy this year.  Mole Valley Farmers, the UK’s largest farmer-owned feed, requisites and supply business remains closely focused on its core farming activity in the West country continuing to invest significantly in agriculture and encourage young farmers into the industry. 

 

Andrew Jackson, Chief Executive of Mole Valley Farmers said “we are delighted to be supporting the Devon FWAG competition this year.  Agriculture is an extremely important part of our heritage and future and with the benefit of FWAG and the services they provide, we can help to preserve the wildlife and the environment we live in.  We are very pleased to be involved in rewarding farmers who go above and beyond in their quest to farm sensitively and sustainably.”


There is much public criticism of modern agriculture for the damage it is perceived to have done to the countryside and this competition aims to show that there is a place for wildlife on every farm whilst improving the public image of farming. For over 25 years  the Devon FWAG Bronze Otter competition has been highlighting how Devon farmers are meeting these challenges head-on by combining commercial and environmental considerations and demonstrating these methods to the public.

 

Angela White of FWAG explained “The farms entered into the Bronze Otter competition are judged on five main criteria – Business viability; the use of agricultural inputs like manures, herbicides and pesticides; practices to encourage wildlife; the conservation of natural resources like water and energy and lastly, the way the general public is involved. The judges visit each of the final six entries over a period of two days and a great deal of discussion ensues before the eventual winners are decided”.

 

This year there are added incentives to entrants in the form of vouchers from Mole Valley Farmers and a supplementary prize from the Western Morning News, whose name appears on the 26 year old trophy. A subsidiary award will be presented to the farm with the highest score within the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

 

The  overall winner will also have the opportunity to enter the national FWAG Silver Lapwing Award (but only if the judges consider the application to be of outstanding merit). The winner of the Silver Lapwing Award will receive a cheque for £1000 together with the UK FWAG Silver Lapwing Trophy at a national presentation ceremony.

 

Entry is simple and can be done over the phone if necessary, although accompanying photographs would help the judges in their initial shortlisting process. Closing date for entries is 18th March, to Devon FWAG office.


For more information contact:

 

  • Angela White, Office Administrator, FWAG Devon, Agriculture House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5ST, 01392 364392, [email protected]
  • Matthew Edworthy, Biosphere Reserve Outreach Coordinator, Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service, The Old Station, East the Water, Bideford, EX39 4BB, 01237 423655, [email protected]

http://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk

The media will be  welcome  at the award presentations – Matt or Angela will be in touch nearer the date.
 



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Devon FWAG



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