Herdswoman Emma Martin wins with ADF
ADF, the global leader in dairy parlour hygiene, is delighted to have presented Emma Martin with her prize for winning the 2011 South West Herdsperson of the Year Award.
Emma manages the 1000 strong herd of Holstein-Fresians on the family farm at St Mabyn in Cornwall. The judges at the Royal Bath and West Dairy Show said they were impressed with her use of modern technology, alongside traditional farming techniques.
James Duke, Founder/Director of ADF presented 29 year old Emma with her £500 prize and crystal trophy.
James said “Being a British company we're determined to celebrate the most talented professionals in the UK dairy industry. It's great to have a chance to sponsor this award and we're pleased that judges have recognised the hard work and effort Emma has put into her herd and parlour over the last ten years”
Emma, whose parents began the herd at Trethick Farm in 1984, said she was surprised and delighted to be chosen by the judges. Her prized cows are deep-bedded on sand and benefit from refinements such as back scratchers. The farm breeds its own young stock and the herd is turned out to grass.
Emma's not unused to accolades – she's previously been shortlisted as one of Britain's sexiest farmers. Described by the Western Morning News as a “Lara Croft for the modern farming generation”, the paper marvelled at her ability to handle a cattle crush and hoof grinder.