Andersons consultant and dairy producer Tony Evans is the winner of this year’s RABDF Princess Royal Award, which was presented to him by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Evans is recognised on a national level for his work in setting up discussion groups, business courses and joint ventures.
Other notable achievements include organising Nuffield dairy study tours and the Entrepreneurs in Dairying courses, which are run by the RABDF in conjunction with Andersons, AHDB Dairy and the NFU.
Receiving the award for his lifetime contribution to, and outstanding achievements in, the dairy industry, Mr Evans says it was a great honour to be chosen and hopes his work will help to nurture the next generation – the future of the industry.
“One of my main concerns is how we are educating youngsters. As an industry we focus too much on technical excellence when, instead, we should be looking at real business sense – it’s vital to remember it’s not about producing more, but utilising capital better.”
Across his three farming enterprises, Mr Evans employs eight staff with the majority coming from non-farming backgrounds.
“Discussions about the availability of labour can either be taken as an issue or opportunity,” he says. “We have created a business structure that educates and rewards employees, providing them with a great work-life balance without reliance on automation.”
Mr Evans was chosen as the recipient of this award by the RABDF Board of Trustees, who unanimously recognised his dedication to the industry and the crucial role he has played in educating and aspiring the next generation of producers through a number of initiatives.