Tributes have been paid to one of the South’s most respected farming figures, who died last week at the age of 79.
Veteran dairy farmer James (Jim) Esdaile Harrison, the founding Chairman of co-operative MilkLink and former National Chairman of the Tenant Farmers’ Association, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 20.
Jim, from Rudgwick in West Sussex, was previously proud past winner of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Princess Royal Award and the Plunkett Foundation Plaque Milk Group Award.
He also held a number of high-profile positions including UK Representative on the Council of European Diary Farmers, and Honorary Treasurer to the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
In 1987 he supported Nigel Parsons and David Gore, as a founder director of Landmark Systems Limited, specialising in software, service and support for the agricultural, rural business and property sectors.
Nigel Parsons, now MD of Landmark, said: “I am incredibly proud to have worked for 30 years with one of the most honest and straightforward people one could ever hope to meet.
“Jim’s contribution to agriculture and in particular to the dairy sector was outstanding. His enthusiastic and wise counsel was sought out by people of all ages and in every stage of their career – he was generous with his advice, a good negotiator and a great man who will be missed by his large family, the farming community and his many professional colleagues.”
Jim leaves a family farming partnership as an enviable legacy that was built from scratch with his brothers from 12 cows on 90 acres to over 1,000 cows on 2,000 acres.