neil perkins

Welsh sheep producer Neil Perkins has won the prestigious National Grassland Management Competition 2012 to become the UK’s top grassland farmer.

Mr Perkins, from Dinas Island Farm, Pembrokeshire, was awarded the coveted trophy and £500 prize at this week’s Livestock 2012 event by the British Grassland Society.

Mr Perkins, who is also a finalist in this year’s Farmers Weekly‘s Sheep Farmer of the Year category, beat off stiff competition from seven regional winners from local grassland societies across the country.

A National Trust tenant, Mr Perkins runs 1,600 Lleyn ewes and 400 replacements on 242ha and focuses on grazing grass by rotating his stock around small blocks of paddocks.

Head judge Mr Vipond, sheep specialist from the SAC, said: “Neil is passionate about his work and has strived to establish a farming business that is not reliant on subsidies, which he can enjoy.”

“The system works beautifully and is efficient and profitable. It ticks all the boxes and he and his wife Lynda are deserving winners.”

The two runners-up were Northern Ireland beef producer Sam Chesney and dairy farmer Matthew Senior from Somerset.

Farmers Weekly Awards

Read more about Neil Perkins and this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards finalists