Cumbrian farming stalwart Ian Powley honored with the Blamire Medal for service to farming


AGRICULTURE stalwart Ian Powley received the Blamire Medal for his services to agriculture in the former county of Cumberland.

Mr Powley, who is retiring after nearly 40 years with Carrs Billington at the end of March, received the prestigious medal for his dedication to farm organizations in the county.

He received the monogrammed piece at a special presentation last weekend.

Ian said: “It was a great honor and I was delighted to receive this prestigious award on Saturday evening. I received it, not only for my work with Carrs Billington Agriculture, but for many other agricultural organizations with which I have been involved. I have always considered it a privilege to be associated with all things agriculture in our great riding.

Michael Cowen, chairman of the Blamire Trust, said William Blamire and Ian Powley, although from different centuries, had a lot in common. “Both come from non-agricultural backgrounds, but have proven to be outstanding ambassadors for Cumberland agriculture. The Agricultural Community Network and RABI

Although now retired, Ian maintains his contacts with farmers as Chairman of Mitchells Auction and continues his community work, also as an active member of Scotby Church.

Ian’s parents were not farmers, but most of his extended family were either farmers or closely related to farming. Most of Ian’s weekends and school holidays were spent at the farms of various aunts and uncles.

After leaving Trinity School, Ian spent two years as a student at Edward Pattinson’s Walby Hall, working with his herd of purebred Friesians, before going to the West of Scotland Agricultural College to do a National Diploma in agricultural management.

He joined Carrs, first as a pet food sales specialist and then in branch management, and says he “has never looked back since.”

Ian, his wife, Sue and her family lived on a smallholding near Durdar and for most of his time with Carrs kept a few cows and a few sheep. When his two boys returned from college, they wanted to keep more and better cattle, which led to them being offered the rental of Low Northsceugh Farm, near Armathwaite.

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