18:41 Friday 04 January 2013

Pedigree farm handed famous Burton trophy

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A PEDIGREE livestock farmer who has impressive industry credentials has received the prestigious Burton Trophy for his services to Staffordshire.

Michael Seals, MBE, who has an arable enterprise, show jumping team and farms pedigree South Devon cattle, was presented with the Burton Trophy at a meeting on Thursday.

Mr Seals, who farms in Derbyshire but is a Uttoxeter and Burton National Farmers Union (NFU) member, received the accolade at the Staffordshire NFU annual general meeting at the county showground.

The Burton Trophy is awarded annually in memory of RA Burton, ‘Dick’ Burton, who was an instrumental figure in Staffordshire farming and the National Farmers’ Union.

Andrew Collier, out-going NFU county chairman, said: “He has done some great work for the NFU serving on its food standards committee and also on council in the past but also for the industry as a whole.

“Michael has done some excellent work on food law, border and import controls, fallen stock, animal health and welfare and much more.

“This annual trophy is in recognition of his sterling work on behalf of our industry.”

Mr Seals, who has farmed for almost 40 years, was awarded the MBE in 2006 for his work as chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company, NFSCo.

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