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DAIRY FARMER AWARDED CORNWALL FARMER OF THE YEAR

DAIRY FARMER AWARDED CORNWALL FARMER OF THE YEAR

Dairy farmer Matthew Rowe scoops 'Cornwall Farmer of the Year' at the 2015 Cornwall Farm Business Awards.

Dairy farmer Matthew Rowe, of Two Waters Foot near Liskeard, scooped not one, but two awards at the 2015 Cornwall Farm Business Awards.

After receiving the 'Best Dairy Farmer' accolade, Matthew went on to be judged 'Cornwall Farmer of the Year' at the end of the evening. Matthew will go on to compete for the coveted title of 'Westcountry Farmer of the Year' at the Western Morning News Countryside Awards later this year.

More than 200 of Cornwall's finest farmers and food producers attended the glamorous black-tie dinner which took place on Thursday 26 February at the Royal Cornwall Showground's Pavilion Centre.

Now in their sixth year, the awards aim to highlight how innovative and vibrant farming in Cornwall has become, and to recognise the county's best farmers and farm products.

Among those receiving awards on the night were Mike Hambly, farmer and Chairman of the NFU's combinable crops board, who won the prestigious 'Farming Champion' award for his work in promoting the arable sector.

Claire Worden, Western Morning News' Commercial Head of Farming, and former Chairman of Council of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Club, was recognised as 'Best Woman in Farming' for her work in tackling mental health issues in rural areas and founding the Rural+ campaign.

The evening's youngest winner was Peter Cox, of Mearsfield Farm near Stoke Climsland. Peter received the award for 'Best Young Farmer' after impressing judges with his innovative farming practices.

The Western Morning News Countryside Awards are due to take place in September this year.

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