Farmers Weekly is hunting for top livestock producers

The hunt is on to find the best livestock farmers in the industry as entries and nominations open for the Farmers Weekly Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the awards aim to recognise those who make this industry so special. They celebrate the achievements of ordinary farmers doing extraordinary things.

See also: Look back at past winners

If you are a beef, sheep, dairy or pig producer who is achieving good performance results, and turning over a healthy profit then you are the sort of person we want to enter. Or if you know someone who fits this remit you can nominate them too.

Shortlisted farmers will be visited by a panel of three judges, last year’s category winner, an independent judge and a member of the Farmers Weekly team.

They are then invited to attend the lavish awards night at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 5 October, where the winners will be announced.

The categories livestock producers can enter are:

  • Beef Farmer of the Year
  • Dairy Farmer of the Year
  • Poultry Farmer of the Year
  • Pig Farmer of the Year
  • Sheep Farmer of the Year
  • Mixed Farmer of the Year 

Entries and nominations are open until 30 April 2017. Find out more at the Farmers Weekly Awards website.

Tips on how to enter

  1. Tell us a story Your business is probably the product of a generation of hard work. Judges will be looking for the ideas, skills and passion that enabled your business to grow. They will also be looking for a bit of foresight. How are you planning to take advantage of new opportunities? Give them the big picture.
  2. Get technical Profitability in farming can come down to the smallest of margins, so we want to hear how you’re driving productivity and cost efficiency.
  3. Show us you are a leader In the eyes of the judges, farming is undoubtedly a business for the future and they want to know who will be leading the way.
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