CARAs award for Kilrea dairy farmer David

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A Kilrea farmer has been presented with an award which merits individuals concerned with the development of agriculture in all its aspects.

The Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies (CARAS) awards recognise not only achievement in practical farming and the development of new

husbandry practices, but also embrace research, technological, economic, educational and administrative achievement contributing to the efficiency and well being of agriculture.

HRH Princess Anne presented recipients with their awards during a visit to Balmoral Show last week.

David Laughlin was honoured for his contribution to organic dairy farming. David farms 250 acres in Kilrea with his wife and three children. He was one of the first producers of organic milk and has brought commercial success to the organic co-op in which he is a key

player. He has been instrumental in establishing the Organic NI brand which consistently obtains a premium for its organic milk suppliers. He has also led the development of value added organic products for the US market.