Ruth Grice

Ruth Grice

Leicestershire

Dairy (grass-based)

DAIRY, LEICESTERSHIRE: Working on a family farm bought by her grandfather and great-grandfather in the 1950s, Ruth runs a closed herd (no animals are bought in from other herds) of 180 pedigree Holstein dairy cows. The farm consists of 272 acres (110 hectares) of predominantly pasture, with a few fields used to grow winter cattle feed.

The milk is sold to Long Clawson Dairy, a co-operative of 40 local farmers that produce award-winning Stilton cheese.

Growing up on the farm with two sisters, Ruth never intended to get involved with farming and over the past 15 years has worked in the environmental charity sector. However, she decided to study for an MBA in Advanced Farm Management at the Royal Agricultural University one day a week and came out with a distinction five years later, with the goal to work in the family business. In 2018 she started working on the farm one day a week and increased to two days in 2020, while continuing her work with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Ruth loves working with the animals and relishes combining this with doing something positive for the natural environment through land management. Her real driver is that she is part of something her parents and forebears have done, in a place in which she grew up - it’s in her blood.

Since starting on the farm she has realised just how varied the tasks are when running a modern farm, especially the administration.

The family love the land and feel that they are custodians, doing what they can to look after wildlife.

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Aside from her love of farming and wildlife, Ruth also enjoys spending time with friends and family, road cycling, gardening and watching the Leicester Tigers rugby games.