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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Farmer of the Year

Enthusiasm, energy and a clear vision, combined with a search for top-notch productivity and technical improvement, make Peter Eccles a remarkable farmer.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Farm Environmental Champion of the Year

As custodians of the countryside, farmers play an essential role in the sustainable management of land, natural resources and wildlife habitats. Protecting and enhancing the environment lie at the very heart of Esther and Henry Rudge’s family farm in Herefordshire, who farm together with son Monty.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Farm Innovator of the Year

Tim Parton is a regenerative agriculture pioneer whose main aim is to get his soils working again and harness biology within his cropping system.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Young Farmer of the Year

Twenty-five-year-old Bertie has full responsibility for the management and everyday running of an agricultural business spread across 607ha in blocks around Dorchester.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Sheep Farmer of the Year

A progressive mindset, excellent stockmanship and rigorous evaluation of maternal traits has made Incheoch genetics profitable, functional and among the most sought after in commercial lamb production.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Poultry Farmer of the Year

The Smillie family farm, perched high above the Ayrshire town of Mauchline, is quite distinct from many modern free-range egg holdings.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Pig Farmer of the Year

It is fair to say Bridge House Farm is a global leader when it comes to the use of technology on pig units. Not only is it one of the first farms to use EID and ultra-high frequency (UHF) tags, it is also using a feed system that individually feeds pigs in pens depending on their sex and size.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Mixed Farmer of the Year

Esther and Henry Rudge show a strong aptitude for business, actively looking for new opportunities that will benefit their diverse farming unit. This, combined with their focus on the environment and their local community is why they are extremely worthy winners of the title.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Livestock Adviser of the Year

Julian Allen is the Farmers Weekly Livestock Adviser of the Year after helping one large Dorset dairy farm cut its antibiotic use by two-thirds over eight years.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Grassland Manager of the Year

Sam knows his business inside out and has his finger on the pulse of all his costings. This, alongside impressive grass use, is what really sets him apart from his contemporaries.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Farm Manager of the Year

In just four years, Peter Eccles has transformed a traditional mixed farming operation from an indoor-lambing, high-input flock to an outdoor, performance-recorded, forage-focused system on intensive rotational grazing.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Farming Champion

All Abi Reader’s hard work, contact-building and public engagement really came to fruition in terms of flying the flag for farming in 2020.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Diversification Farmer of the Year

The team at Little Wold Vineyard possess an steely desire to overcome hardship by diversifying into unconventional areas that complement their existing setup. Bold future plans, a bumper order book and continued investment to drive the business forward makes them admirable winners of this year’s title.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Dairy Farmer of the Year

His approach to dairy farming is proof that high-yielding herds can produce milk economically from grazed grass and good quality silage, with autumn-calving Holsteins converting every ounce of nutrition from grassland to milk.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Contractor of the Year

Organisation and planning are at the heart of the vast contracting outfit built by Tim Russon, whose office-based role allows him the time to manage the head-spinning logistics of a barn-load of kit and up to 30 staff at peak times.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Beef Farmer of the Year

Diligent herd management and careful stewardship of the land has marked the Wiltshire farmer out as an operator that is well-prepared for a future where scrutiny of agriculture by government and consumers is only going to intensify.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Lifetime Achievement Award

It is 10 years since His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launched the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF). What started as a personal “passion project” has grown in that decade to become one that has benefited thousands in rural communities.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Arable Farmer of the Year 2020

Like many successful racehorse trainers, Robert Price looks to produce a winning performance and he has succeeded in this at the Rooksnest Estate by overhauling the arable business.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Arable Adviser of the Year

Mark Dewes is a passionate and dedicated agronomist who has he best interests of his customers – and their farming enterprises – at the forefront of his mind. His willingness to uncover the best forward-thinking solutions on their behalf makes him the deserving recipient of this award.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2020: Agricultural Student of the Year

Spend five minutes with Grace Welling, and you quickly glean she’s not someone who likes to sit still. It’s a trait that stands her in good stead for a career in agriculture, especially because she did not grow up on a farm.

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HRH The Prince of Wales on FW Award and farming’s future

HRH The Prince of Wales, recipient of Farmers Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2020, sets out his vision for agriculture in the decades to come.

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FW Opinion: Join us for gloom-busting celebration of UK ag

If you look for it, you will always find gloom in one part or another of the farming sector. I’m not sure if farmers are gloomier than people in other occupations, or if I simply spend more time listening to their grievances – some of which are, of course, entirely legitimate.

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FW Awards: Join us for five fabulous nights of celebration

Next month Farmers Weekly and a host of farming celebrities will bring you a unique week-long extravaganza to celebrate the farming heroes and achievements of 2020.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Mixed Farmer of the Year finalists 2020

This year’s three Mixed Farmer of the Year finalists have created, developed and successfully diversified their enterprises, with a strong passion for agriculture and their local community.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Sheep Farmer of the Year finalists 2020

An estate-type structure, a family farm and a farm share agreement make for a diverse final three in this year’s Sheep Farmer of the Year award.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Poultry Farmer of the Year finalists 2020

Although each farm business operates distinctly differently in this year’s Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the Year category, the finalists were united by a passion for keeping free-range hens.

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Farmer Weekly Awards 2020: Contractor of the year finalists

This year’s hotly contested Contractor of the Year award features a trio of businesses at the top of their game, all focused on a long-term, financially sustainable vision with an adaptable approach to new opportunities on the periphery of agriculture.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Farm Innovator finalists 2020

The best farms never stay the same and the best farmers never stand still. Whether integrating new technologies and techniques, or finding new ways of working and business arrangements, the most successful farmers realise the challenge of getting better never stops..

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Livestock Adviser of the Year finalists 2020

Our three adviser finalists this year cover a wide range of areas such as top-notch dairy cow management, specialist pig nutrition and innovative sheep healthcare.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Environmental Champion finalists 2020

Farmers are caretakers of the land and always aim to leave it in a better state than they found it. This year, farmers who have built consideration of the environment into their decision-making and set ambitious goals have been singled out.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Farm Manager of the Year finalists 2020

The 2020 farm manager finalists share some common challenges. All strive for top technical performance, are experimenting, looking for marginal gains and increasingly questioning input use.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Beef Farmer finalists 2020

Improving profitability by focusing on delivering a top quality product to the end user was a recurrent theme among all of this year’s finalists.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Arable Adviser of the Year finalists 2020

A tight field of entries means just two agronomists are battling it out for the biggest prize in arable advice.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Sheep Farmer finalists 2020

An estate-type structure, a family farm and a farm share agreement make for a diverse final three in this year’s Sheep Farmer of the Year award.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Ag Student finalists 2020

Our trio of talented, hard-working students impressed with their fresh thinking, energy and enthusiasm.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Grassland Manager finalists 2020

Excellent grass growth and use is a common theme across all three finalists, who are each running very profitable businesses by making the most from grass and quality forage.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Pig Farmer finalists 2020

Fine-tuning performance by paying attention to detail in all aspects of management was key to maximising production across all the Pig Farmer of the Year finalists’ farms this year, with technology, good recording-keeping, tight biosecurity and cleaning regimes essential to meeting top targets.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Diversification finalists 2020

This year’s three finalists have all developed sound businesses to keep the farm afloat and provide a succession platform for future generations.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Young Farmer finalists 2020

A passion for livestock, agriculture and building a prosperous future, both personally and for their sector, connects this year’s three finalists.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Dairy farmer finalists 2020

All three finalists are maximising milk from forage to reduce feed costs and improve margins.

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Arable farmer finalists 2020

While the three finalists run very different cropping systems, they all have diverse rotations, a drive to improve efficiency and are looking to get their arable businesses ready for life without BPS payments.

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Meet the 2020 Farmers Weekly Awards finalists

Farmers Weekly‘s 2020 Awards shortlist is crammed with hard-working, innovative farmers, advisers and students whose vision and drive ensure that the industry is well set for the future.
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Contractor of the Year forges on with machinery upgrades

Farmers Weekly finds out what has changed for last year’s Contractor of the Year winner, Allan WJ Wilson, which has forged on with machinery replacements despite a challenging winter.
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5 tips for new entrants from award-winning mixed farmer

Welsh mixed farmer Martin Evans, who won Farmers Weekly Awards 2019: Mixed Farmer of the Year, runs a 450ha dairy, poultry and arable farm.
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Beef sector lacks incentive for meat quality, farmers say

Processors and supermarkets are missing out on opportunities to grow the value of beef by failing to pay farmers a premium for meat with good eating quality.
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How egg producer uses social media to reach customers

Winner of last year’s Farmers Weekly Awards Poultry Farmer of the Year, Ms MacMillan has learned through experience how to get the most from social media – and how to make it pay for her business.
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Farmers Weekly Awards 2019: Farmer of the Year

Great team spirit, genuine involvement of his staff and fantastic arable results are among Andrew Robinson’s many winning achievements in his years at Herne Manor Farm.
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Farm business tips from Farmers Weekly Award winners

Building a successful farm business doesn’t happen overnight – it takes great ideas, passion, determination and years of hard work to see it through.
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Farmers Weekly Awards winners – on farming and winning

Farmers Weekly’s annual awards aim to put the spotlight on the farming industry by celebrating great farmers and great farming practices across the sectors.
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