Dairy farmer Lyndon Edwards has been awarded the 2009 Steven and Gill Bullock Award, which recognises Nuffield scholars who have best used learning from their scholarship to develop businesses and careers.

Mr Edwards runs a 240-acre organic farm plus office buildings and a veterinary centre in Chepstow, Monmouthshire. He is a director of the organic milk co-operative OMSCO, chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and advises government on animal health policies.

The judges for the Bullock Award were impressed with his leadership style, which they described as “practical, patient and inclusive – bringing people on side without confrontation”. They also appreciated his ambition and vision for his business, for local farmer co-operation and for the industry as a whole.

Mr Edwards competed against three other shortlisted scholars for this prestigious prize.

They were Richard Milligan-Manby of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire; Anthony Hopkins of Wroot, South Yorkshire and Will Prichard of Letterston, Pembrokeshire.

The judges were banker Norman Coward, farmer and turf specialist Stephen Fell and Jane King, editor of Farmers Weekly.