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Tributes paid to sugar beet contractor Peter Butler

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

Tributes have been paid to Suffolk farmer and agricultural contractor Peter Butler, 69, formerly of Green Farm, Yoxford, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on 13 June.

A sugar beet contractor for more than 30 years, Mr Butler offered a full range of services, drilling and harvesting more than 1,200ha of the crop until his retirement. He farmed a further 180ha of tenanted land and  also harvested 800ha of cereals a year.

Winner of the 2014 Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year award, Mr Butler was a well-respected and popular man among his customers and the wider agricultural industry. Sugar beet remained his passion and he was a regular at British Beet Research Organisations events.

Former British Sugar central agricultural business manager Robin Limb said: “Peter was one of the most hugely committed and hard-working people I have ever met. He never failed to attend all the BBRO demonstrations and conferences on offer, hoping to learn even more.

“Peter worked tirelessly until the last years of his life, and always placed the interests of his customers before those of his own farming operations. His funeral at Yoxford Church on 3 July was standing-room only.”

Mr Butler made sure he changed his state-of-the-art Agrifac Big Six beet harvester every two years to avoid hefty overhaul costs. Agrifac regarded him as an ambassador for the company and he regularly travelled to the Netherlands to test new machines before they went on sale.

Agrifac UK managing director Andy Carse, said: “We shall greatly miss Peter, and are very saddened by his loss.”

Mr Butler is survived by his wife Sylvia and family.

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