Ayrshire farm manager Charlie Russell has been named as the 2011 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year.
Charlie who manages more than 5,000ha at the Glenapp Estate near Girvan was presented his award at a glittering ceremony in London on Thursday (6 Oct).
He also walked away with a trophy for Farm Manager of the Year.
Farmers Weekly editor Jane King said Charlie epitomised the theme of the awards evening which was world-class challenges require world-class farmers.
“The planet has faced major political upheavals in the past six months alone. Floods drought, war and a nuclear disaster are stark reminders of the fragility of our resources,” she said.
“It is farmers like Charlie who are prepared to take on extraordinary challenges and to seize the opportunities that make this industry so special. It is why British farmers are in so many ways leading the world.”
Charlie accepted his award from DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman before delivering an impromptu speech to the 1200-strong audience.
The evening was hosted by Countryfile presenter and farmer’s son Matt Baker.
The full list of award winners is as follows. Full details of why they won can be found on the Farmers Weekly Awards page.
- Farmer of the Year – Charlie Russell, Glenapp Estate, Ayrshire
- Arable Farmer of the Year- Colin McGregor, Coldstream Mains, Coldstream, Berwickshire
- Beef Farmer of the Year- Sam Chesney, Cool Brae Farm, Kircubbin, Northern Ireland
- Contractor of the Year – Chris Awdry, P7J Awdry and Son, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
- Countryside Farmer of the Year- Chris Dowse, Sir Richard Sutton’s Settled Estates, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
- Dairy Farmer of the Year- Gavin Fowler, Higher Boode Farm, Braunton, Devon
- Diversification Farmer of the Year- John and Rosemary Barnes, Packlington Moor Farm, Staffordshire
- Farm Adviser of the Year- James Miles-Hobbs, Rural Development Associates, Wiltshire
- Farm Manager of the Year- Charlie Russell, Glenapp Estate, Girvan, Ayrshire
- Farm Worker of the Year- Liliya Kucher, Rock Row Farm, Malvern, Worcestershire
- Green Energy Farmer of the Year – Neil Gourlay, Auchencheyne, Moniaive, Dumfries
- Local Food Farmer of the Year – Will Simkin, Essington Fruit Farm, Wolverhampton
- Pig Farmer of the Year – Stuart Bosworth, F J Bosworth and Sons, Willingale, Essex
- Poultry Farmer of the Year – Nigel Joice, Uphouse Farm, Fakenham, Norfolk
- Sheep Farmer of the Year – Simon Stott Laund Farm, Chipping, Preston
- Young Farmer of the Year – James Down Park Farm, Curry Mallett, Somerset
- NFU Farming Champion – James Chapman, farmworker at Snowford Lodge Farm, Long Itchington, Warwickshire