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Meet the Farmers Weekly Awards judges

Are you hoping to win a title in the 2012 Farmers Weekly Awards? If so, find out who it is you’ll need to impress with this introduction to our judges.

Finalists are selected by an independent panel of experts that includes an expert for that sector, last year’s winner and a member of the Farmers Weekly editorial team.

Three short-listed finalists will be selected from the entries for each category by this judging team.

Each of these finalists is visited by the category judging team during the summer.


2012 Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year

Jock WillmottCategory judges Jock Willmott, Farmers Weekly’s Richard Allison and last year’s winner Colin McGregor

“I am looking for a business that punches above its weight for the resources at its disposal, businesses that are consistent and focused on profitable farming, with an eye on the future.”
Jock Willmott is a partner at Strutt & Parker land agents.


2012 Farmers Weekly Green Energy Farmer of the Year

Andrew KneeshawCategory judges Andrew Kneeshaw, Farmers Weekly’s Will Frazer and last year’s winner Neil Gourlay

“I’ll be looking for someone who understands their energy use; knows where it goes and has made rational steps to minimise it. Energy use and generation must occupy their rightful place and dovetail in with the wider aspirations of a farm business, both environmentally and financially.”
Andrew Kneeshaw is managing director of Farm Energy Centre.


2012 Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year

Zoe DaviesCategory judges Zoe Davies, Farmers Weekly’s Jane King and last year’s winner Stuart Bosworth

“I am looking for someone who is not simply running a fantastic business, but who understands and inspires their staff and customers. They also need to be thinking creatively and driving forward innovations in productivity, welfare and customer focus.”
Dr Zoe Davies is regions manager for the National Pig Association.


2012 Farmers Weekly Farm Contractor of the Year

Philip WynnCategory judges Philip Wynn, Power Farming’s James Andrews and last year’s winner Chris Awdry

“I will be seeking to find the contractor who continually delights his farming clients through his efficient and cost effective delivery. This top rate will need to be carefully linked to the profitability of his own business and his ability to reinvest in both efficiency and new technology to ensure the operation is sustainable for the long-term.”
Philip Wynn is director of Wynn Business Partnerships Ltd.


2012 Farmers Weekly Countryside Farmer of the Year

Geoff SansomeCategory judges Geoff Sansome, Farmers Weekly’s Debbie Beaton and last year’s winner Chris Dowse

“I will be looking for how countryside management takes its place not only as an enterprise alongside other enterprises on the farm, but also how it compliments and adds value to the wider farm business. Quite simply, if the environmental subsidies stopped tomorrow would the farm continue with its current environmental practices which protect and enhance biodiversity?”
Geoff Sansome is performance director for Natural England.


2012 Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year

Simon MarshCategory judges Simon Marsh, Farmers Weekly’s Aly Balsom and last year’s winner Sam Chesney

“I will be looking for a beef producer who is putting science into practice. Someone who is running an efficient system that is both sustainable, but more importantly profitable.”
Simon Marsh is a senior lecturer at Harper Adams University College.


2012 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year

Liz GeneverCategory judges Liz Genever, Farmers Weekly’s Sarah Trickett and last year’s winner Simon Stott

“I am particularly interested in sheep producers who are maximising their use of grass and forage. I will also be looking for businesses that are thinking ahead with regards to the changing climate and lamb consumption. And someone who has an understanding of cost of production, liveweight gains and ewe efficiency”.
Dr Liz Genever is a livestock scientist for EBLEX.


2012 Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the Year

Jason GittinsCategory judges Jason Gittins, Poultry World’s Philip Clarke and last year’s winner Nigel Joice.

“In judging this year’s competition I will be looking for someone with enthusiasm who can demonstrate success through technical efficiency, innovation and marketing. Someone who can anticipate future challenges and plan accordingly. And finally, someone who sets a positive example and can inspire others.”
Jason Gittins is a senior consultant for ADA Sustainable Livestock Group.


2012 Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year

David CottonCategory judges David Cotton, Farmers Weekly’s Gemma MacKenzie and last year’s winner Gavin Fowler

“It is not just about the performance but looking at the all-round business; whether the farm is wholly focussed on dairy or has other enterprises, how the farm relates to the local community, whether the farmer has other interests outside of the farm and what the long term prospects are for that business. There is no one way to be a dairy farmer and how the resources of that business are managed is very important.”
David Cotton is RABDF chairman.


2012 Farmers Weekly Farm Worker of the Year

Meurig RaymondCategory judges Meurig Raymond, Farmers Weekly’s David Cousins and last year’s winner Liliya Kucher

“A good farm worker obviously needs to be dedicated, hard-working and highly motivated. But I will also be looking at how they use modern, sophisticated equipment and the extent to which they are able to grasp new innovations. I will also be looking for a good working relationship with the farmer and rest of the team.”
Meurig Raymond is deputy president of the NFU.


2012 Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year

Paul WilsonCategory judges Paul Wilson, Farmers Weekly’s Isabel Davies and last year’s winner James Down

“The winner needs to apply science, technology and business knowhow, information and skills to drive forward a profitable and environmentally sustainable farming business. Drawing upon a strong passion for farming, they must demonstrate attention to detail, business vision and energy to enhance the image of agriculture to consumers and society.”
Dr Paul Wilson is associate professor of agricultural management and economics at the University of Nottingham.


2012 Farmers Weekly Local Food Farmer of the Year

Colin DennisCategory judges Colin Dennis, Farmers Weekly’s Debbie Beaton and last year’s winner Will Simkin

“The winner of this award will be a passionate advocate for local food and will value the integrity of the produce extremely highly. I will be looking for people with sound business sense and a clear vision. They will be adapting successfully and profitably to challenge new conditions with the help of enthusiastic and well-motivated employees who share that vision.”
Colin Dennis is chairman of the English Food & Drink Alliance.


2012 Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year

Andrew JanawayCategory judges Andrew Janaway, Farmers Weekly’s Julian Gairdner and last year’s winner James Miles-Hobbs

“Advisers play a crucial role in many successful farm businesses. I’d expect our winner to have a combination of professionalism, practical understanding and a strong empathy with their client and their client’s business to help them to achieve clearly define goals.”
Andrew Janaway is a farmer from Hampshire.


2012 Farmers Weekly Diversification Farmer of the Year

Alan Wilson SpeddingCategory judges Alan Wilson Spedding, Farmers Weekly’s Johann Tasker and last year’s winners John and Rosemary Barnes.

“I expect there to be plenty of bright, imaginative people running profitable enterprises, so I will be looking among them for something fresh and new.”
Alan Wilson Spedding is a freelance rural consultant.

 


2012 Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year

Francis MordauntCategory Judges Francis Mordaunt, Farmers Weekly’s Suzie Horne and last year’s winner Charlie Russell

“The successful farm manager should have a strategic plan that has taken into account the location and resources of the business and likely future government support and policy change. They should also have excellent technical and financial skills, staff leadership and development and be aware of environmental issues.”
Francis Mordaunt is a farm business adviser and agriculture industry analyst.


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Meet the Farmers Weekly Awards judges

Countryside Farmer

Category judges: Melinda Appleby, Farmers Weekly‘s Isabel Davies and last year’s winners Brian and Patrick Barker

“I want to see farmers, not just taking the financial opportunity of agri-environment schemes, but using them to grow the whole environmental value of their land, respecting their stewardship of our essential resources such as soil and water. I will be looking for community-minded farmers who innovate and maybe even teach the conservationists a few things.”

Melinda Appleby is an independent countryside and environmental adviser. She sits on LEAF’s strategic advisory committee, chairs the Policy Committee of CPRE, and was a founding member of Natural England.


Farm Manager

Category judges: Adrian Cannon, Farmers Weekly‘s Ian Ashbridge and last year’s winner Alastair Brooks

“Farm management is a diverse business, but core ideals and clear vision are required to be successful. To be the best, the individual needs to have strong principles and be in control of the business. I will be examining the management systems in place to achieve profitability. Key skills such as risk management, project planning, staffing, compliance with legislation and an eye for attention to detail will be sought.”

Adrian Cannon is a farm business consultant with Strutt & Parker.


Green Energy Farmer

Category judges: Richard Crowhurst, Farmers Weekly‘s Paul Spackman and last year’s winner Stephen Temple

“This category attracts a diverse range of entries, that any enterprise could win. The things that unite all the entrants are a passion for what they are doing and a dogged determination to succeed. The size or type of the enterprise is irrelevant – it’s about having both a business and environmental case for ideas and following them through to delivery.”

Richard Crowhurst is managing director, Enagri.


Dairy Farmer

Category judges: John Allen, Farmers Weekly‘s Aly Balsom andlast year’s winner Neil Baker

“Regardless of system, we will be looking for fantastic animal health, welfare and husbandry as being the bedrock of the business. We know how important that is for our customers. In addition, we will want to see very good technical and financial results, plus a spark that shows the energy and enthusiasm of that person for their business.”

John Allen is managing partner of Kite Consulting.


Beef Farmer

Category judges: Clive Brown, Farmers Weekly‘s Sarah Trickett and last year’s winner John Hoskin

“Vision and having a system or a plan in place that aims to meet the future challenges of the beef sector is what I will be looking for in this year’s winner. They must be aware of where they are in terms of cost and physical performance, with breeding and feeding also areas of interest. The winner must also demonstrate some knowledge of meeting changing market demands.”

Clive Brown is senior regional manager for EBLEX.


Arable Farmer

Category judges: Keith Preston, Farmers Weekly‘s Richard Allison and last year’s winner John Goodchild

“I am looking for an arable farmer with a passion for achieving top-class results from cost-effective production and risk management systems. Attention to detail and sound environmental management practices will be exhibited across the farm. Getting the best out of the available resources through sound planning and monitoring are key attributes for success.”

Keith Preston is director of Savills Agribusiness.


Local Food Farmer

Category judges: Colin Dennis CBE, Farmers Weekly‘s Suzie Horne and last year’s winners, Hilary and Peter Cochran

“The winner of this award will be a passionate advocate for local food, valuing integrity of the produce extremely highly. I will be looking for people with sound business sense and a clear vision. They will be adapting successfully and profitably to challenging new conditions with the help of enthusiastic and well-motivated employees who share that vision.”

Colin Dennis is chair of the English Food & Drink Alliance, representing regional food groups.


Poultry Farmer

Category judges: Justin Emery, Poultry World‘s Philip Clarke and last year’s winners Elwyn and Gareth Griffiths

“My choice of producer will be willing to go that extra mile for their birds. Old site or new, big or small, they will have enthusiasm, clear focus, up-to-date knowledge and the wisdom to apply them for their business success and support of their industry. I would want to stay behind and work with them – if they’d have me.”

Justin Emery is a poultry and ventilation consultant for ADAS Sustainable Livestock Group.


Young Farmer

Category judges: Paul Davies, Farmers Weekly‘s Caroline Stocks and last year’s winner Andrew Rees

“I would be among the first to recognise and celebrate the considerable amount of talent in young people in our industry. I have little doubt personally that, given suitable help and support, our young farmers can be among the most competitive and best in the world. Past winners have gone on to great things – and, in some cases, have quite rightly become household names in our industry.”

Paul Davies is vice principal of the Royal Agricultural College.


Sheep Farmer

Category judges: Kate Phillips, Farmers Weekly‘s Jane King and last year’s winners William and Carole Ingram

“I’m looking for finalists with technical skills, sustainable sheep production and consistent performance. We want to see examples of businesses that have all these attributes and are also really moving forward.”

Kate Phillips is a livestock consultant for ADAS.


Diversification Farmer

Category judges: Peter Prag, Farmers Weekly‘s Tim Relf and last year’s winners David and Jayne Newman

“I’m looking for a venture that is appropriate to its rural location and one that complements the existing farm business. The enterprise may be unique or a tried-and-tested one – and either well-established or in its early stages. It would be a bonus if, in addition to providing a new opportunity for the farmer, it offers a service or facility to the community or to a wider range of customers.”

Peter Prag is a consultant land agent and senior visiting fellow in the School of Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading.


Contractor

Category judges: George Perrott, Farmers Weekly‘s Emily Padfield and last year’s winners Harry and Lynn Wilson

“What I want to see from a contractor is that they do what the customer needs when they want it done. A proven track record, high standards of work from the most experienced to the newest operator and an awareness of their target market are also crucial qualities, as is a clear vision for the future of their businesses.”

George Perrott is farm manager for the Clinton Devon Farms partnership.


Farmworker

Category judges: Meurig Raymond, Farmers Weekly‘s David Cousins and last year’s winner John Adams

“A good farmworker obviously needs to be dedicated, hard-working and highly motivated. But I will also be looking at how they use modern, sophisticated equipment and the extent to which they are able to grasp new innovations. I will also be looking for a good working relationship with the farmer and rest of the team.”

Meurig Raymond is deputy president of the NFU.


Farm Adviser

Category judges: Roger Mercer, Farmers Weekly‘s Debbie Beaton and last year’s winner Mark Burnell

“I will be looking for someone who is genuinely delivering high value, innovation and intelligence to their farming clients. What, and how, they have done this to influence and inspire positive changes to their clients’ farm businesses will be critical.”

Roger Mercer is a farmer and was 2008 Farmers Weekly Diversification Farmer of the Year.


Pig Farmer

Category judges: Zoe Davies, Farmers Weekly‘s Debbie Beaton and last year’s winner Andrew McCrea

“I am looking for someone who is not simply running a fantastic business, but who understands and inspires their staff and customers – someone who is thinking creatively and driving forward innovations in productivity, welfare and customer focus.”

Dr Zoe Davies is National Pig Association regions manager.


2011 Farmers Weekly Awards

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