Shropshire dairy farmer Mike Heath was the winnerof The Voluntary Initiative (VI) quiz run at Cereals 2015. He won a prizeof 100 M&S vouchers.
A qualified sprayer operator and member of theNational Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO), Mr Heath encourages livestockfarmers who have yet to get certificated to do so before Grandfather Rights endthis November: Its important that all farmers, weather livestock or arable,can show that they are using pesticides responsibly; one step towards this isto make sure you have the right certificates to use them. As a member ofNRoSO Mr Heath goes beyond this, displaying continued professional developmentannually.
Mr Heath farms in Newport, Shropshire with his wife Eira andson Simon. He is responsible for pesticide applications on 1200 acres offorage maize, rye, fodder beet and grass on the family dairy farm.
The quiz, sponsored by the Agricultural IndustriesConfederation and the Crop Protection Association, asked entrants to identifywhat the campaign Watch Out! was asking farmers and sprayer operators toWatch Out! for. Mr Heath was drawn from the many entrants who correctlyidentified ‘Illegal Pesticides as the right answer.
Richard Butler, VI Chairman said of the campaignAs we all know, best practice starts with using an approved product andfollowing the information on the label. It is really important that farmers areaware of the danger posed by unscrupulous professional counterfeiters who wantto undermine their farm businesses, putting the environment at risk as well asthe professional reputation of our sector”.