Shropshire dairy farmer wins Merlo competititon

During 2020, Merlo UK partnered with Mole Valley Farmers & British Dairying to offer UK farmers the chance to win the free use of a Merlo TF35.7 telehandler for 12 months.

Entrants completed a number of questions relating to the dairy industry, devised and set by the competition partners and Professor Liam Sinclair of Harper Adams. The questions were available by visiting and

The lucky winner has been confirmed as Matthew Thomas of JM & P Thomas, Green Farm, Longnor, Shropshire. Milking 500 cows the busy family farm will be able to make great use of their prize in the months ahead.

“I was shocked and surprised to be chosen as the winner, the team and I are looking forward to having a modern and comfortable Tier 5 Merlo on the farm. One of its main duties will be feeding so it will have a lot of work to do.” says Matthew Thomas

Four runners up will be receiving their prizes from Mole Valley Farmers & Merlo UK shortly, those runners up are James Yeatman, Abi Reader, Geraint Davies and Annabella Baker.

“The response to the competition was absolutely terrific” comments Shaun Groom, General Manager of Merlo UK. The effort and thought put into the answers submitted was of an extremely high calibre”. There is clearly a lot of inspired thinking out there amongst our dairying community”.

“As a British farmer owned cooperative, we’re committed to helping farmers improve their productivity, profitability and sustainability. In what’s been a difficult year, it’s great to offer dairy farmers the chance to win such a useful piece of kit, which should help day-to-day operations and efficiencies,” says Jack Cordery CEO of Mole Valley Farmers.

“British Dairying is pleased to have been able to help offer such a great prize to its readers. One which is so useful and valuable to any dairy business. The answers to the competition were very informative and showed great insight and wide industry knowledge. Well done to the winners and to everyone who entered!”