Award Sponsors

2013 Awards 

Agricultural Trainee Award – Sponsored by Bakers Cheddar

Bakers of Haselbury Plucknett is a family run farming business based near Bakers logo 1Crewkerne in Somerset. At present they have a herd of 1150 cows producing 35,000 litres of milk per day.

They believe in a healthy, well looked after and happy herd will produce the best quality milk.

Here are just some of the things  they do to look after our cows:

  • Daily fresh cow checks
  • Review of health statistics, with targets to beat our already high standards
  • Routine vet visits
  • Fortnightly mobility checks
  • Milking takes place 3 times a day 365 days a year
  • All home bred replacements

Bakers of Haselbury Plucknett are committed to producing the highest quality milk possible from the healthiest cows. They do this by continually questioning and improving practices and procedures, and ensuring everybody at all levels within thier business are aware of the standards required.

Dairy Processing Trainee Award – Sponsored by Lye Cross Farm

The third generation of Farmers and Cheesemakers in Cheddar Valley since 1952 but the family have farmed the land for the last 400 years.

Three generations of the Alvis family have been making the highest quality New LXF FamilyCheddar cheese using traditional methods and skills such as the age-old ‘Cheddaring’. This process of turning and stacking the curd by hand is now used alongside new technology. The cheese is matured under carefully-controlled conditions for up to 18 months. When it is time to select the cheese, expert graders decide which cheese is best eaten young and which should be left to mature and develop its special features and flavours associated with West Country Farmhouse Cheese.

Agricultural Engineer Trainee Award – Sponsored by Bigwoods Agri & Deutz Fahr

Trading for over 35 years Bigwoods Agri Ltd has been a family run companydeutz fBigwoodsrom the beginning, supplying and maintaining new and used agricultural equipment. Now main retailers for Same, Deutz Fahr and Manitou, offering a large selection of new and used tractors and equipment. We offer full service and parts department back up, with fully trained technicians and a superb product line-up offers machines to suit every type of agricultural operation no matter how big or small.

Agri-business Trainee Award – Sponsored by Mitchells Chartered Accountants

Mitchells are one of the largest specialist agricultural accountancy practices inMitchells the South West, acting for over 400 farmers and related companies. The backgrounds of the partners and staff mean that their understanding of agriculture justifies their excellent reputation in that sector. They offer business advice, tax planning, growth and succession planning to businesses of all sizes, in addition to providing the routine accountancy and tax compliance service.

Work Experience Award – Sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is one of the leading independent professional teams ofGTH LOGO Chartered Surveyors, Land Agents,Valuers and Auctioneers in the West Country and has been providing specialist advice and professional services to the region’s Agricultural community for over 150 years.

Award for Further or Higher Education- Sponsored by Bridgwater College – Cannington Campus

 Bridgwater College 2

Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre is the perfect place to kick-start a career in the industry.  In recent years, over £10 million has been invested in improving facilities and the resources for land-based training are now considered to be among the most exceptional in the country. Excellent links with key players in the industry mean that students have regular exposure to current practice and relevant work placements, which often result in exciting career opportunities.

It’s All About Dairy Award- Sponsored by Community Council for Somerset- Somerset Society

The Somerset Society Fund is administered by the Community Council for NEW CCS LogoSomerset and is applied in the advancement of education and the improvement of the skills of country craftsmen.

In previous years money has been awarded for:

  • top agricultural engineering students at Bridgwater  College,
  • students that need financial assistance for trips and equipment at Bridgwater College, Somerset College and   Strode.


Award for Employer- Sponsored by Mole Valley FarmersMole logo

Mole Valley Farmers is delighted to be working with the Somerset Dairy Career Project and supporting the future members of the dairy industry. As a farmer owned, rural retailing business we recognise the importance of identifying, encouraging and supporting young people who are the future of the farming and food industry. The Somerset Dairy Career Awards are a great opportunity for young people making strides in the industry, and those supporting them, to be recognised and we are pleased to be sponsoring the Employer Award.

  • Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers in South Molton, Devon. Today, there are 7,300 farmer shareholders and over 15,000 country members. It is one of the largest employers in the South West, with a turnover of £350 million and in excess of 1,600 staff. Mole Valley Farmers is one of the few businesses based on a co-operative model in the supply industry, with a total commitment to the farming and rural industry. Owned by farmers – for farmers, Mole Valley Farmers is proud of its agricultural heritage. Our ethos is to provide the best value for money over the widest range of products, combined with the highest level of customer service. With over 22,000 products available in store, we offer value pricing across a wide range of quality products.  From feed and fencing, to animal health products, clothing and gardening – we have everything you need.
  • Come into store, visit us online or call your local store for more information.
Community Council for Somerset  Logo
information icon


Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.