THEY’RE THE champions! Sue and Andy Guy picked up the top trophy for the 2005 Farmers Weekly Awards last night (Weds 30 November) from BBC presenter Kate Humble and FW Editor, Jane King.
More than 450 guests gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to find out who were the winners of ten farming categories. It was from these, that the overall winner, the Guys, were selected.
In the words of the judges, which included Sir Don Curry, the NFU’s director general, Richard MacDonald and the Times Countryside Editor, Valerie Elliot the Guys epitomise the face of farming’s future.
Sue and Andy run a specialist dairy unit of 110 pedigree Holsteins on nearly 80ha at Thorney Abbey Farm, Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
Their business and environmental credentials are outstanding, but what made them such worthy winners was their energy and enthusiasm to deliver on both. They are constantly looking at ways to grow their business.
And they are not simply champions of farming in 2005, but they are champions for farming – actively seeking opportunities to speak to people about the benefits that farming in this country delivers to all of society. As LEAF farmers they host numerous farm visits – from school children to bird watchers and Anglican Bishops!
This responsibility of engaging with the wider community extends to the media, where they take the opportunity to appear on TV and radio as well as contributing to the national farming press.
In the words of the judges, they are “wonderful advocates for farming as it moves forward and two outstanding individuals who deserve to be recognised as the best of British farming.”
Summary of the 2005 FARMERS WEEKLY awards winners:
|Farmers Weekly overall Farmer of the Year Award||Sue and Andy Guy|
|Terra Arable Farmer of the Year||Mark Ireland|
|Alternative Enterprise of the Year||Sally and Andrew Jackson|
|Sheep Farmer of the Year||Marcus Maxwell|
|Cepravin Dairy Farmer of the Year||Stuart Bacon|
|Draxxin/Rispoval Beef Farmer of the Year||Tom and Mike Powley|
|Pig Farmer of the Year||Jimmy Butler|
|Poultry Producer of the Year||Tom Copas|
|Environment Agency Countryside Farmer of the Year||Sue and Andy Guy|
|Firestone Young Farmer of the Year||Rodney Down|
|Michelin Contractor of the Year||Troy Stuart|