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Mary Quicke MBE - UK
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Mary Quicke MBE
Managing Director, Quicke's Home Farm
 
Based in Devon England, the Quicke family have run Home Farm since the 15th century, an environmentally run farm that enriches the cows and the milk they produce. The family motto is 'Petit ardua virtus' - 'strength seeks challenges'. And every day Mary's aim is to make Quicke's Cheese quite simply the Best in the world.

Mary Quicke is the 14th generation of Quickes on Home Farm. She has run J.G. Quicke & Partners, and Quickes Traditional Ltd, since 1987. The company has a £3.5m turnover comprising of integrated cheesemaking and farming (cows and crops) business. The aim of the business is to produce world class cheese, sold to world class establishments around the world based on excellence in farming.

Cheese has been made on the farm during the family's 470 year history. Mary's mother Prue, an accomplished artist, set up the current cheese dairy in 1973 while raising 6 children. Quicke's Traditional Cheese is the largest British naturally matured traditional cheddar maker. The hallmark flavour is complex, balanced and with a long finish, and some characteristic horseradishy notes under the rind. The cheese is multi award winning, winning Best Cheddar at the British Cheese Awards 3 years out of the last 6, winning Best English Cheese in 2015 and consistently winning trophies at major cheese competitions in the UK.

Marnie Clarke gave the acceptance speech on behalf of Mary Quicke MBE
The 1500 acre farm has 500 cows grazing outside for 10-11 months, grows crops to feed the cows, to sell and to support wildlife in extensive environmental schemes. It has a farmshop selling cheese and superb foods locally foraged, and Quickes Farm Kitchen, where you eat the cheese and other local foods while watching the cows graze to produce the milk that makes the cheese.

Mary speaks widely on farming and cheese, e.g. in November 2015 addressed the British Mastitis Conference on the characteristics of milk required to make world class cheese, and the Grasslands in Profile Conference on the soil structure issues of mob grazing. She is active in promoting the requirement for scientifically knowledgeable, technically capable, practically engaged people to support the very applied sciences of farming and cheesemaking. Businesses such as Quicke's are vital to the local community, and the company employs 44 people in Newton St Cyres, Exeter, Devon, England.

Excellence of a quality product based on environmentally sound practices that enriches the cows and the countryside sees over one third of its produce exported mainly to US and Australia, and sells to key specialist cheese outlets in the UK.

Mary has been married for 36 years to Tom Langdon-Davies, and they have two children: Jane, 26 and Michael, 22. The 15th generation of the family is on the farm: Mary's daughter Jane and niece Lucy. Mary's is a Surfer, edible gardener and Bell-ringer for over 40 years.

Her many accomplishments include: Awarded MBE for contribution to farming & cheesemaking in 2005: Chairman of Devon County Agricultural Association; President Devon County Show 2012; Past chairman 300 Cow Club; Longest serving director of Devon Grain Awards Devon Farm Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2014; Founder Vice Chairman Maize Growers Association; Judge at World Cheese Awards, Bath & West Show, British Cheese Awards & at American Cheese Society Awards; SW Columnist of the Year 2015 at EDF Media Awards; Daily Express Best British Farmer Award; Chairman of Governors of Newton St Cyres School and Queen Elizabeth's Community College, and school governor for 20 years.






  

 
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