Coleraine dairy farmer Matthew Workman wins M&S farming award
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As the Welfare Excellence award winner for Ireland, Coleraine farmer Matthew was invited to receive his award during the M&S Select Farm Awards ceremony on the M&S stand at this year's Balmoral Show.
The judges commended Matthew for his commitment to putting animal welfare and husbandry at the forefront.
During his time as a supplier to M&S, Matthew has demonstrated excellent standards of animal health and welfare in his 220-head, Holstein Friesian dairy herd and a strong commitment to the M&S Select Farm Standards.
Always looking to improve even further, Matthew has recently made changes to his dairy unit.
"In 2020, we made the decision to install a new parlour, which has made a huge difference to cattle waiting times and more than halved the time spent milking," comments Matthew.
"Additionally, we have invested in new polytunnel infrastructure for our calf-rearing unit, creating a drier and brighter environment for stock which seems to be suiting them really well.”
Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries at M&S, said: "Every day, our Select Farmers and suppliers go to extraordinary lengths to deliver great quality M&S food, whilst demonstrating best-in-class innovation, animal welfare, sustainability and biodiversity.
"M&S Select Farmers are well known as leaders in promoting the highest standards of animal welfare. Matthew expertly demonstrates this through both careful investment in facilities and a commitment to always delivering best practice when it comes to calf rearing."
Matthew was presented with a certificate and M&S hamper on the M&S stand.