Richard Yates - West Midlands
Richard farms 850 acres across 3 units near Bridgnorth, Shropshire with his wife Sally and his parents. The business comprises a closed 100 strong Friesian dairy herd and 20 British Blue suckler cows, finishing all the cattle. 850 ewes are kept with half lambing in January being creep fed, and the remainder later in April, finished on turnips. Charollais, Texel and Suffolk rams are bred and sold for breeding. Furthermore, there are four hundred acres of arable comprising wheat, barley, beans, maize, potatoes and fodder beet, including an HLS agreement. Ex-Aberystwyth University Graduate, former Chairman of Burwarton Agricultural Show and former County Chairman of Shropshire NFU, Richard enjoys varied judging and speaking engagements, along with game shooting and following Rugby Union in his spare time.