Eight days to go to the Farmers Weekly Awards night in London

There are only eight days to go before the UK farming industry celebrates the best of the best in British agriculture at London’s Grosvenor House.

Today we preview the finalists up for Arable Farmer of the Year, Beef Farmer of the Year, and Farm Manager of the Year.

Arable Farmer of the Year

Edward Davey Edward Davey: A close connection with markets to cut out the middle men in the food chain underpins this highly diversified 550ha cropping business

Andrew Symonds Andrew Symonds: Meticulous attention to budgets and buyers has enabled Andrew to expand his 300ha vegetable and arable business rapidly

Robert Law 1 Robert Law: Robert has built a profitable 1200ha arable business through collaboration and cost control with no farming background

Beef Farmer of the Year

Robert Neill 1 Robert Neill: The appetite to constantly improve and the vision to innovate shines through this 398ha mixed arable and beef business

Paul Rackham Paul Rackham: It’s not just the Aussies who can do it. Paul finishes up to 7000 head of cattle with no trouble at all on this 424ha unit

John Elliot John Elliot: He’s leading the way for UK beef genetic development with an innovative seed stock business selling Aberdeen Angus bulls and embryos world-wide

Farm Manager of the Year

Andrew Robinson Andrew Robinson: This is a big man with ambition to match. That means an annual turnover of more than £200k from 930ha of cropping at Hearne Manor Farm

Adrian Cannon 1 Adrian Cannon: Moving a traditional collection of farms into a profitable rural estate fit for 2006 and beyond is no mean feat

Andrew Watts Andrew Watts: Andrew combines a flair for organisation with a sound, traditional touch across a widely dispersed acreage of 2400ha on Wallington Farms

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Check out FWi tomorrow when we profile the Contractor of the Year finalists.

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