This year's winner of The Royal Smithfield Club's annual award for outstanding service to the British meat and livestock industry is David Raine, of Penrith, Cumbria.
Twenty-six outstanding candidates from different sectors of the industry were considered by the club selection panel and the winner was revealed at a reception at the Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. The presentation to David, of the Bicentenary Perpetual Trophy, an armada dish set with 25 golden guineas, valued at pounds 11,000, was made at the Worshipful Company of Butchers' Court Luncheon on Thursday. (HAVE CHANGED THIS - IT SAID WAS DUE TO HAPPEN ON THURS, NOV 3 - CH)
David Raine, 52, is a partner in the family farming business at Old Parks, Kirkoswald, Penrith, which farms 5,000 acres of hill and lowland.
The farm's main enterprises are a 500-head suckler beef herd, renowned pedigree flocks of Blue Leicester and Swaledale sheep and a 5,000 Texel-cross commercial breeding flock.
In addition, in his spare time David has demonstrated a commitment to helping the industry way beyond the farm gate. …