2019 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.

Arable Adviser of the Year

David Watson
Partner in Bidwells agribusiness team

David Jones
Deputy Arable Editor

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 need 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

Craig Livingstone
2018 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 maximize 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
Senior Business Reporter

Andrew Laughton
2018 Beef Farmer of the Year

Rhidian Jones
Livestock Consultant
RJ Livestock Systems

Judges tip:

I’m looking for businesses that combine a profitable approach to beef production, with a sustainable system suited to the individuals or families involved. The enterprises that impress me are those that display first class stockmanship, show real attention to detail, use facts and figures to inform their decision-making and are prepared to think out of the box.

– Rhidian Jones, Consultant
RJ Livestock Systems

Contractor of the Year

Oliver Mark
Machinery Editor

Magnus Sinclair
2018 Contractor 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 Editor

James Tomlinson
2018 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

Jake Yates
Business Editor

Charlie & Will Moreton
2018 Diversification Farmers of the Year

Oliver McEntyre
National Strategy Director
Barclays Agriculture

Judges tip:

I’m looking for a diversification project that compliments the farming business, includes an element of succession planning & involving the next generation of entrepreneurial farmers and overall aids the long term financial sustainability of the total farming enterprise

– Oliver McEntyre
National Agricultural Strategy Director

Farm Manager of the Year

Suzie Horne
Business Editor

Mike Shapland
2018 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

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

Johann Tasker
Journalist specialising in agri-politics, rural issues, food and farming.

Oliver Hodgkinson
2018 Farm 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. 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

Lucinda Dann
Arable Reporter

Matthew Brownlee
2018 Mixed Farmer of the Year

Matthew Curry
Head of Farming
Strutt and 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 Editor

Helen and Rob Mutimer
2018 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

Phil Clarke
Online Editor

Philip Crawley
2018 Poultry Farmer of the Year

Shraddha Kaul
Independent Judge

Judges tip:

I’ll be looking for poultry farmers who are passionate about what they do; who genuinely care about bird health, welfare and high standards of production; and those work incredibly hard to feed this nation.

– Shraddha Kaul
Independent Judge

Sheep Farmer of the Year

Michael Priestley
Livestock Editor

Sarah and John Yeomans
2018 Sheep Farmers 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
News/Business Reporter

Jacob Anthony
2018 Young Farmer of the Year

Hannah Moule
Rural chartered Surveyor & Planning Consultant
Moule & Co.

Judges tip:

I will be looking for young farmers who have developed solid business foundations, have done their research, their budgets and know their market and industry inside out. Additionally as a believer in professional development, I will be interested in what they are doing outside of the farming business to develop themselves and their knowledge.

– Hannah Moule
Rural Chartered Surveyor & Planning Consultant
Moule & Co.

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