Farmers Weekly Awards Categories
The Farmers Weekly Awards are by far the biggest and most prestigious awards in UK farming.
But we never rest on our laurels. Every year we review our award categories to ensure they best reflect the range of achievements that deserve recognition in the rapidly-changing world of agriculture.
This year, to recognise the growing role expert advisers play in the success of Britain’s farms, we have split the Farm Adviser of the Year award into two separate categories – one for arable farm advisers and one for those who advise livestock farmers.
We’ve also added two completely new awards, to recognise the growing importance of smart pasture management and the need to encourage innovative solutions to farming challenges: Grassland Manager of the Year and Farm Innovator of the Year.
Entry deadline is on 30th April 2019. So here are the new awards for 2019:
Arable Farmer of the Year
The awarded arable business is likely to be flexible, collaborative and innovative to increase productivity and profits, despite unpredictable weather, regulation and market volatility. This will be someone who is harnessing and protecting the land’s natural resources to create a truly sustainable arable business in the face of ever increasing market and environmental challenges.
New Category! Arable Adviser of the Year
Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to arable adviser. You will be carving out a profitable future for your clients and your expertise could be in all fields affecting farmers including business, marketing, new technologies, product recommendations, government policy and legal issues.
Beef Farmer of the Year
Are you a successful beef farmer with a vision for the future? If so then join the growing band of Farmers Weekly Award winners championing the British farming industry. The winner of this category will be producing high quality cattle to meet the ever-increasing consumer and environmental demands.
Contractor of the Year
The winning contractor will be someone who is regarded as an essential part of their farming customers’ business. They will be market-focused providing a reliable, efficient, punctual and above all, cost effective service to farmers either nationally or regionally.
Dairy Farmer of the Year
Innovative technical skills, cost management and seeking value where possible will be at the heart of the hard pressed dairy sector. The winner will exemplify all the skills needed to deliver a profitable and sustainable dairy business in the face of challenging market conditions.
Diversification Farmer of the Year
This category is seeking those who are adding value to the core farm business. This could be through a non-food business (such as caravan parks, turf and wildflowers) or food business (such as farm shops, cheese-making and food box schemes). The key criteria is showing how the diversification is helping to support and deliver a sustainable farm business.
New Category! Grassland Manager of the Year
Grass is the UK’s most valuable crop. This award goes to the farmer who makes the very best use of their grassland, delivering the best possible nutritional benefit to their livestock. The judges will be looking at how the farmer maintains soil quality, manages seeding, monitors grass growth, controls pests and manages grazing and cutting.
New Category! Livestock Adviser
Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your livestock farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to livestock specialist or vet – who advises livestock farmers. The judges are looking for an adviser who makes a demonstrable difference to their customers’ operations. Your expertise could be in all fields affecting livestock farmers including animal health & husbandry, business, marketing, new technologies, product recommendations, government policy and legal issues.
Farm Manager of the Year
The winning farm manager will be running a successful livestock, arable or mixed farming business. This will be someone who, as principal decision-maker, can demonstrate a significant impact on the business – for example through efficiency improvements, restructuring, collaboration or adding value. The judges will be looking for evidence of strong business acumen, excellent staff management and outstanding leadership.
Mixed Farmer of the Year
This category is for farmers and farming businesses who are running a mixed range of complimentary enterprises such as beef, arable and sheep or dairy and arable. No single farm sector will be dominant, but there might be two or three that are equally weighted. The judges will be looking for achievements and success in quality, productivity and profitability in each of the farming sectors – and how they work together to create one sustainable farming business.
Pig Farmer of the Year
Recognising the innovation and commitment of pig producers is more important than ever in the current financial climate. The winner of this award will be a pig producer who can demonstrate real change in the business in recent years. The judges will be looking for imaginative approaches to developing the enterprise in terms of production standards, profitability and sustainability.
Poultry Farmer of the Year
Are you a successful egg, turkey, goose, duck or chicken meat producer demonstrating excellence in production, marketing and welfare? Then you could join the growing band of finalists and winners – men and women championing best practice and flying the flag for the British farming industry.
Sheep Farmer of the Year
Are you a successful sheep producer demonstrating excellence in production, stockmanship and management. The winning sheep farmer will need to demonstrate their achievements in the past few years to deliver a business that is profitable and sustainable.
Young Farmer of the Year
Are you 30 years or under and making a success of managing a distinct area of the family farming business – or even running your own business? The winner of this category will be making a big impact on the farming business they are involved in and demonstrating qualities that mark them out as a future leader and innovator.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a unique and special contribution, over a prolonged period to farming. Previous winners of the award include: David Richardson, farmer and journalist; Professor John Nix, author of the Farm Management Pocketbook; and Lord Henry Plumb, former NFU president. We welcome nominations from Farmers Weekly readers.
Farmers Weekly are looking for individuals who have been selfless in their efforts to strengthen British farming in the last 12 months. This could be someone who has campaigned for justice for British farmers, promoted the value of farming to the public or developed business models that has a benefit to British farmers rather than simply to his or her own farm.
Farmer of the Year
The Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year is the winner of winners – the most prestigious accolade in the Farmers Weekly Awards. Chosen from the winners of all of the individual categories, the Farmer of the Year award is given to the farmer who, out of all these winners, has impressed the Farmers Weekly judging panel the most – a role model for British farmers.
Supplier of the Year
This is a special award to recognise the fact that no farmer achieves success on their own. In fact, the very best farmers are often the ones that make best use of the services and products available to help them drive up their farm performance. Candidates for this award are nominated by the finalists in all of the farmer award categories, who are asked to put forward a product or service supplier that, more than any other, has helped them to achieve their success.
The best farmers are constantly looking for new ways to improve the performance of their farm. The winner of this award, chosen from amongst the finalists of the other award categories, is the farmer judged to have displayed the most innovation in addressing key challenges on their farm. That could involve the innovative use of technology, the application of new techniques or a novel business arrangement.