David Hichens  -  Building and leading a successful dairy business from good to great.

Alan and Anne Beckett Award

Growing up on the family dairy farm on the North coast of West Cornwall between Lands’ End and St Ives was where I caught the farming bug at a young age. During holiday periods throughout my education, I also worked on many farms in different counties, including a year in Oxfordshire as part of my agriculture degree at Harper Adams. In 2010 I joined Velcourt as a dairy farm manager and have spent the past 6 years running a high-input dairy at the University of Bristol Vet School in North Somerset.

Whilst living in Somerset, I have enjoyed having an active role in the rural and farming community and have been heavily involved with Somerset YFC, holding various posts and getting involved the active social life that YFC provides. I like to get back to Cornwall whenever I can to have an input into the autumn block grazing herd that is currently still run by my father and uncle as well as to enjoy some quiet time by the sea or some off road motorcycling on the moors.

I would like to thank Alan and Anne Beckett for sponsoring my scholarship and for the support they have already shown me.