Shropshire Council

Tim Downes

Tim is a partner, with his wife Louse, in the family 700 acre organic dairy farm near Shrewsbury. He milks 300 cows, as well as producing 150 mostly Aberdeen Angus cross beef cattle per year. The milk is free from antibiotic, and sold to the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCo). The milk is exported to the US market where it goes into cheese, milk protein and baby foods. 

He won the OMSCo 2015 Farmer of the Year title, and was a finalist in the British Farming Awards – Innovation Dairy Farmer 2015 for his visionary and open minded approach to improving grass, and herd and staff management.

The farm has been fully organic since 2000, with strong environmental values, working in hand with nature. In an attempt to conserve water, Tim collects rainwater from virtually every rooftop, amounting to two million litres a year.

Away from the farm, he's taken on an advisory role with Harper Adams University, and as a Nuffield Scholar in 2003 he visited Australia, New Zealand and Argentina in search of knowledge and best practice.

Alongside this, he also sits on the NFU (National Farmers Union) organic forum and chairs the local Star Grazers discussion group, which meets monthly throughout the year to benchmark grass-based dairy farming issues.

For recreation, he enjoys playing rugby for the newest club in Shropshire, The Church Stretton Samurais, and is also a keen member of the Shropshire Adventure Rowing club. He has two young children who both attend local schools.

If you’d like to contact Tim, e-mail tim.downes@shropshirebusinessboard.co.uk