Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise farming

A Welsh farmer who introduced some of the country’s first robotic milking parlours has been awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

David Morgan, a dairy farmer from Usk, received the award for services to agriculture and for voluntary service to the agricultural community in Monmouthshire.

It comes during a special year for Mr Morgan, who is also serving as president of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 2015.

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When elected last December, he was also president of both the Raglan Farmers club and Usk Rural Life Museum, patron to Usk Show and deputy lord lieutenant of the County of Gwent.

Other farming and rural-related Birthday Honours included:


  • Teresa Dent, chief executive of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, for services to wildlife conservation
  • Professor David Arnold Hill, chairman of the Environment Bank and deputy chairman of Natural England, for services to nature conservation and the economy


  • Judith Batchelar, brand director at Sainsbury’s, for services to farming and the food industry
  • Professor Trevor Drew, lead scientist viral diseases at the Animal & Plant Health Agency, for services to animal health and welfare
  • Paul Hooper, society secretary of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations, for services to the agricultural show industry
  • Des Lambert, principal of Plumpton College, for services to land-based education and young people


  • Kate Arnold-Forster, head of museums and special collections and director of the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, for services to university museums
  • Christine Conder, community network volunteer, for services to superfast broadband in rural communities
  • Professor Barry Forde, chief executive of Broadband for the Rural North, for services to superfast broadband in rural communities
  • William James Snelson, for services to the NFU and to the community in Bobbington, Staffordshire
  • Eirios Thomas, county organiser for Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Club, for voluntary and charitable service to Young Farmers
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