Chairman of Judges David Cotton FIAgrM, FRAgS
Dairy Farmer, Bridge Farm


I am delighted to be Chairman of Judges for this year’s Cream Awards campaign.

As a judge I have always enjoyed seeing the number of entries that we get coming forward, and to wonder who will be winning the prestigious John Beckett Memorial Cup each year.
Some tough companies to follow and it’s been a trying 12 months for all of us, which cannot be ignored.

It is always great and encouraging to see the many fantastic dairy businesses that we have in the UK, and working hard to make a success of their businesses in what has been a particularly difficult year.

Entering the Cream Awards is one of the best ways you can demonstrate the innovation, ingenuity and sheer hard work that is going on across the industry – and to inspire others.


David Cotton, Dairy Farmer, Chairman of Judges

David farms in Somerset with 250 dairy cows and 350 youngstock. He is Chairman of The Dairy Show at Shepton Mallet and is a Strategic Dairy Farm for AHDB Dairy. David has lifelong experience in the dairy industry and is a great advocate for the ongoing training and development of everyone in the sector.

Rickard, Business Economist and Company Director

Former NFU Chief Economist, Director of Cranfield MBA programme and government advisor. Sean now runs Sean Rickard Ltd providing independent economic analysis primarily relating to the food industry. He is also Chair of First Milk’s Members Committee.

Mike King – RABDF

Mike King and his brother Chris run the Kingspool Holstein herd at Two Pools Farm in Iron Acton, Gloucestershire, alongside their herd manager Colin Robertson. With the herd established almost 100 years ago, and now numbering 700 year-round calving cows averaging 13,515 litres per cow, the team maintains a tight hold on welfare. Previous Cream Award and Gold Cup winners.

Neil Baker, Dairy Farmer

Haselbury Plucknett is a family farming company who have been milking and caring for dairy cows for over 90 years, Neil has been running the dairy herd management side of the business for over 25 years with a herd of 2000 milking cows plus replacement heifers. He has focused on constant improvement of herd performance with the analysis and use of herd data. He regularly holds visits on the farm from milk buyer, retailers, politicians, farmer groups, consumer groups, schools as well as taking part in Open Farm Sunday. Multiple accolades from the Cream Awards, RABDF Gold Cup 2015, Tesco TSDG Farmer 2017.

Rob Drysdale MRCVS MBIAC NSch

Rob founded Westpoint Farmvets in 2000, including growing to almost national coverage with 60 vets and 120

employees. After undertaking a Nuffield Scholarship in 2014 he now works as a specialist consultant to farms across the UK and beyond, and as an advisor to industry whilst still keeping his ‘arm in’ as a farm vet. His main areas of expertise are whole farm business audits, youngstock health and milk quality.

Category judges:

CREAM AWARD – Andrew Purnell, DCD Manager – Lely Atlantic, TASTE OF EXCELLENCE – Buying Team – Morrisons Supermarkets, ORGANIC DAIRY FARMER – Simon Bing – Daylesford Organic [Hi Peak Organic Feeds], ORGANIC DAIRY FARMER – Graham Tweddle –  Acorn Dairy [Hi Peak Organic Feeds], HIGH FEED EFFICIENCY – Georgie Croxford, Head of Technical Ruminant – KW Alternative Feeds, YOUNG DAIRY VET – Charlotte Read, Key Account Manager Farm  – Krka, YOUNGSTOCK HEALTH & WELFARE – Adam Buitelaar CEO – Buitelaar, HEALTH & WELFARE ZERO LAMENESS – Dr Nick Bell – Veterinary specialist on behalf of Peacock Technology

HERD MANAGER OF THE YEAR  – Sabrina Jordan, Product Manager – Virbac, HIGH PERFORMANCE DAIRY – Kate Liversidge, Agriculture Manager – Arla Foods, CLIMATE POSITIVE AGRICULTURE – Matt Witt, Sustainability Manager – Mole Valley Farmers, DAIRY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR – Michael Oakes, Dairy Board Chairman – National Farmers Union, YOUNG DAIRY FARMER – Becki Leach, Senior Consultant – Kite Consulting, DAIRY MARKETING AWARD – The senior judging panel, MILK SHAKERS 2021/22 – John Reynolds, Head of Animal Nutrition – Volac International, AWARD FOR INNOVATION: Judges: Paul Tompkins, South Acre Farm; John Torrance, R Torrance & Son; Mark Wood, Portway Farms, Joe Ives, W & P Ives, Robert Sloane, Darnlaw Farm


An entry in the Cream Awards does so much for the industry. It shows what’s happening out there, the level of innovation and new ideas and thinking, it’s inspiring to others and that really is a positive force for good – especially after the last 12 months. It’s important to show what can be done with hard work, investment and ideas, it’s important to lead the way to a stronger dairy industry.

Enter your company or nominate someone. The campaign provides an excellent platform to shout about your business, to help you network with people and companies that can help you further your success. Our award shortlist is invited to the awards event, and after the event receive publicity in the form of article/interviews about their story.

It’s not just about winning the awards campaign really does help drive the industry forward for a better tomorrow.

2021 Cream Award Cup Winners Arla Foods

“As a cooperative, our farmers very much shape our direction and creating the future of dairy plus transforming the health of the UK are at the heart of our business agenda. As we work through the Covid-19 crisis it is more important than ever that we work together as an industry to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy and showcase our commitment to sustainability – we’re delighted with this win and that the industry recognises what it is we are trying to achieve make it all so worthwhile.” Ash Amirahmadi, MD Arla Foods

2020 Cream Award Cup Winners Volac International

“Volac is honoured to receive the John Beckett Memorial Cup, we passionately believe in the dairy industry, the benefits it can bring and it’s future.”

John Reynolds, Head of Animal Nutrition.

Winning the Cream Award for 2020, judges commented that Volac “is a truly exceptional family business and deserving winner of the Cream Award for 2020 – supportive of the UK dairy industry from the calf through to the consumer.”

2019 Cream Award Cup Winners, Wensleydale Creamery

“To win the prestigious John Beckett Memorial Cup at the 2019 Cream Awards was an outstanding achievement for our business. This award is recognized throughout the whole of the dairy industry from grass root milk supply, through the dairy supply chain, milk processors and national and international retailers. It reflects and rewards our collective efforts in supplying great products and services to our wide customer base and the contribution we make to promoting all that is great about the British dairy industry.” David Harley MD, Wensleydale Creamery