Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Vice Chair Di Wastenage has been awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for her services to the UK dairy industry.

Mrs Wastenage is a director of her family’s dairy farming business in Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

In her role at RABDF she has contributed on a wide range of topics including the environment, animal health and welfare as well as encouraging young entrepreneurs and new entrants into agriculture.

Mrs Wastenage said: “I am delighted to be awarded the MBE and I am proud to be representing the farming sector both locally and nationally especially during these challenging and dynamic times.

“Receiving this honour has come as a complete surprise and has ensured this tough year finishes on a very positive note.”

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Mrs Wastenage was involved in creating the ambitious targets for reducing antibiotic usage within the dairy sector.

She is an ambassador for women in farming and through her role as patron of Women in Dairy, she showcases the importance of female roles and the exciting opportunities there are for women in the sector.

She also sits on the NFU Mutual regional board and is a council member of Duchy and Bicton College.

RABDF managing director Matt Knight said: “Di’s award is truly deserved. Her role as Vice Chair at RABDF is invaluable and she has been instrumental in informing and contributing to some important topics in the dairy sector. This is all on top of her day job managing the family farm with her husband.”