Long service honour for Glaisdale herdsman Basil

Basil Foster (pictured far right) with his long service to agriculture award.'Basil's boss Martin Burt (left) and The Hon Susan Cuncliffe-Lister who presented the awar (right) at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Basil Foster (pictured far right) with his long service to agriculture award.'Basil's boss Martin Burt (left) and The Hon Susan Cuncliffe-Lister who presented the awar (right) at the Great Yorkshire Show.
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A dairy herdsman and general farm worker has received an accolade at the Great Yorkshire Show for 36 years of dedication to his role.

Basil Foster (52) from Glaisdale was nominated by his boss Martin Burtt for a long-service to farming award by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society..

The dad of two who started working at York House Farm in the village when he left school, was presented with the award by the society’s president The Hon Susan Cunliffe-Lister.

Basil said what he likes most about his job when looking after the farm’s 150 dairy cows is that “every day is different”.

He said: “It’s gone very quicky. It was lovely to receive the award, it was nice of Martin to nominate me.

“They are a lovely couple to work for.”

Martin said: “Basil enjoys his work and he’s very good. I’ve been heavily involved with the NFU for many years and I couldn’t have done it without Basil as he was prepared to do the work while I was away.

“Things have changed tremendously over the years, everything is digital now.

“Basil has adapted very well. He’s never been to the Great Yorkshire Show so it was a nice day off for him and his family.”