2020 Farmers Weekly Awards judges

The awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts in agriculture. The Farmers Weekly Awards also invites previous winners to judge the new crop of entries and nominees.

The judging process is a two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine our shortlist and judges visits on farm where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

Ag Student of the Year

Alex Dunn
2018 Ag Student of the Year

Emma Northam
Managing editor

Jack Hopkins
Independent judge

Judges tip:

The judges will be looking for individuals who are bursting with talent, achieving great results, showing leadership and having a positive influence on their college, community or home farm if appropriate. Entries can come directly from individuals or from colleges/universities nominating students.

Emma Northam
Managing editor
Farmers Weekly

Arable Adviser of the Year

Johann Tasker
Chief reporter

Alison Cross
2019 Arable Adviser of the Year

John Barrett
Business manager for Sentry Norfolk and Suffolk

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an advisor who shows they are able to fully understand the clients business, dissect that business, provide a tailor-made solution taking all the client’s needs into account and communicate it’’

The advisor needs to demonstrate a strong business acumen, be engaging and at the forefront of any change.

John Barrett
Business manager
Sentry Norfolk and Suffolk

Arable Farmer of the Year

Richard Allison
Arable editor

Scott Campbell
2019 Arable Farmer of the Year

Andrew Blazey
Independent crop consultant

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an enthusiastic farmer who embraces modern technology and mixes it with good farming practice to maximise the profitability of their arable business, whilst at the same time demonstrating that it is sustainable both financially, agronomically and environmentally.

Andrew Blazey
Independent crop consultant

Beef Farmer of the Year

Andrew Meredith
Deputy business editor

Michael and Ian Sturmer
2019 Beef Farmer of the Year

Ian Cairns
Independent specialist
5Agri farm consultancy group

Judges tip:

I’m looking forward to meeting inspirational beef farmers who run technically efficient and profitable systems, making the most of the resources they have.

Ian Cairns
Independent specialist
5Agri farm consultancy group

Contractor of the Year

Oliver Mark
Machinery editor

Allan, Alyson and Stuart Wilson
2019 Contractors of the Year

Jill Hewitt
Owner Springtime Consultancy

Judges tip:

I am looking for a contractor who will inspire others. They will have a reputation that precedes them, based on quality of service, professionalism and great business management. They will take pride in the service they provide and will be looking ahead to tackle new industry challenges head on.

Jill Hewitt
Owner
Springtime Consultancy

Dairy Farmer of the Year

Debbie James
Livestock journalist

Will Frost
2019 Dairy Farmer of the Year

Andy Dodd
Dairy business consultant
The Farm Consultancy Group

Judges tip:

I’m looking for a dairy farm that has a handle on their main costs, is striving for efficiency but is achieving the highest level of herd health and welfare from new born calves through to mature milk cows.

Andy Dodd
Dairy business consultant
The Farm Consultancy Group

Diversification Farmer of the Year

Ed Mowbray
Machinery reporter

Emma Boyles
2019 Diversification Farmer of the Year

Oliver McEntyre
National strategy director
Barclays Agriculture

Judges tip:

I’m looking for a farm with a diversification project that compliments the main business, includes an element of succession planning, involves the next generation of entrepreneurial farmers and overall improves the long term-financial sustainability of the total farming enterprise.

Oliver McEntyre
National strategy director
Barclays Agriculture

Farm Manager of the Year

Suzie Horne
Business editor

Andrew Robinson
2019 Farm Manager of the Year

Charles Matts
Independent judge

Judges tip:

I shall be looking to see how the business manages risk and monitors its physical and financial performance.

Charles Matts
Independent judge

Grassland Manager of the Year

Rhian Price
Livestock editor

Charley and Andrea Walker
2019 Grassland Manager of the Year

Gareth Davies
Independent Grassland consultant and Nuffield scholar
Gareth Grassland Ltd

Judges tip:

I will be looking for someone who has a clear understanding of the role of grazing within their system, who understands all aspects of how to grow that grass and has a clear vision of how they hope their grazing management can improve.

Gareth Davies
Independent judge

Livestock Adviser of the Year

David Jones
Deputy arable editor

Trevor Alcorn
2019 Livestock Adviser of the Year

John Royle
NFU chief livestock adviser

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an adviser that has a genuine interest in the success of the farming businesses they advise. Good advisers connect with their clients, and I want to see them adding real value. Helping businesses to adapt and invest in these uncertain times, is and will remain, critically important if we are to secure profitable livestock businesses.

John Royle
NFU chief livestock adviser

Mixed Farmer of the Year

Emma Gillbard
Arable reporter

Martin Evans
2019 Mixed Farmer of the Year

Matthew Curry
Head of farming
Strutt & Parker

Judges tip:

I will be looking for mixed farm businesses who have an in-depth understanding of their cost of production and profitability. They will have a number of enterprises which are individually successful and when combined, compliment the overall business model.

Matthew Curry
Head of farming
Strutt & Parker

Pig Farmer of the Year

Sarah Alderton
Livestock journalist

Michael and Ian Baker
2019 Pig Farmers of the Year

Zoe Davies
Independent judge

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an inspirational pig farmer who is positive about the future, putting heart and soul into their business to achieve improvements in productivity, health, welfare, environment and staff support.

Zoe Davies
Independent judge

Poultry Farmer of the Year

Jake Davies
Editor, Poultry Network

Susie MacMillan
2019 Poultry Farmer of the Year

Aimee Mahony
NFU Poultry adviser

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an inspirational poultry farmer who is enthusiastic, hardworking and displays excellent stockmanship with particular emphasis on bird health and welfare. Someone who demonstrates attention to detail and maintains good production records in order to inform decisions that ensure a profitable business.

Aimee Mahony
Independent judge

Sheep Farmer of the Year

Michael Priestley
Livestock reporter

James Logan
2019 Sheep Farmer of the Year

Liz Genever
Independent sheep and beef consultant

Judges tip:

I am looking for profitable systems that make the best of resources available and add value by innovation and forward thinking. Sheep farming contributes massively to the unbeatable UK landscape so how the farming contributes to the wider environment and community is important, with facts and figures to back up the story.

Liz Genever
Independent sheep and beef consultant

Young Farmer of the Year

Lauren Harris
Business reporter

Sam Bailey
2019 Young Farmer of the Year

Cath Crowther
CLA East regional director

Judges tip:

I will be looking for an enthusiastic, forward thinking young farmer who can demonstrate they have a strong business acumen and understanding of the industry. I will be looking for someone who is capable of running a sustainable and profitable farming business and who is keen to identify of future opportunities.

Cath Crowther
CLA East regional director

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Farmers Weekly Awards

Farmers Weekly Awards celebrate the very best of British farming by recognising and rewarding innovation, hard work and passion for agriculture.

The Farmers Weekly Awards night has become a highlight in the farming social calendar. The 2020 awards will take place on 17 March 2021 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London.

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