FAMILY members will today (January 2) pay tribute to well-known farmer Bertie Mitchell, who died shortly before Christmas.
Bertie was known across the Midhurst and Petworth area for his top herd of award-winning pedigree Friesian dairy cattle, which graced fields around Elsted, near Midhurst, for decades.
He died on his farm on December 19, at the age of 87.
His family have paid tribute to him, saying he will be ‘dearly missed by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’.
There will be a private burial and thanksgiving service at St James Church, in Stedham today.
In 2002, Bertie made the momentous decision to part with his Fitzhall herd, the foundations of which were laid by his father more than 100 years ago.
The Fitzhall herd was one of only about 100 pedigree Friesian herds in the country.
Mr Mitchell had shunned the Holstein blood which features in the breeding of a majority of Friesians.