Four young people who have taken over the running of the family farm after their father fell seriously ill with cancer have been given a Special Award in this year’s Devon Farm Business Awards.
They are Megan, Ross, Jack and Sam Broom, of Logshayne Farm, Colyton in East Devon, where they milk 350 Holstein cows. When their father Nigel Broom was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the stomach in November 2015, not only was it a massive blow to the family, but it also had potentially serious implications for the farm business.
But the three eldest children, Megan, Ross and Jack, who were then aged 21, 19 and 18 respectively, rose to the challenge of running what is by any standards a substantial farming business, and have since been joined by younger brother Sam.
They were nominated for the awards by vet Bridget Goscomb, of the Vale Veterinary Practice, after she had visited the farm to supervise TB testing, involving some 570 animals.
“I was astonished by how well they had organised everything and left with an overwhelming sense of admiration”, she said.
“You could not help but be inspired by them, and the way they combine running a large and complex business with great care for the countryside to support the continued balance of rural life. My colleagues with the Vale Veterinary Practice wholeheartedly share my enthusiasm for this nomination.”