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London, 20th June 2019 – Dairy farmer David Cotton was honoured by the dairy industry yesterday, presented with the Dairy UK Award 2019 at a ceremony in central London.

David Cotton, yesterday received industry recognition and thanks for his long-standing dedication to representing the dairy industry, going above and beyond to promote the interests of sector.

David is a fourth generation farmer with over 30 years’ experience in the dairy sector, who runs the successful family partnership Bridge Farm in central Somerset, a 520 hectare farm with over 250 pedigree Holstein Friesian Cattle.

In addition to being a partner in Bridge Farm, David has dedicated much of his career to representing the UK dairy sector on matters relating to animal welfare and farm management on the international stage, through the International Dairy Federation. David has also been an active member of the Dairy UK Farmers’ Forum, has served as Chair of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, and has served on the Dairy Board of the AHDB. He is currently a non-Executive Director of the RPA and the Chair of Dairy Pro.

Commenting, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said: “We’re thrilled to present David with the Dairy UK Award; he’s gone above and beyond on behalf of the dairy sector, and his enthusiasm and knowledge have made him a pleasure to work with”.

 Commenting on his award win, David Cotton said: “Wow, what a surprise! It’s an honour to receive this award from Dairy UK, and was certainly unexpected. I have always enjoyed working with the great people in the dairy sector, and will continue to do what I can to promote our people and products in the future”.

 The Dairy UK award is given annually to an individual working within dairy, who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the sector over the course of their career. The award was presented by comedian Miles Jupp at this year’s Dairy UK Annual Dinner, at the Royal Garden Hotel.