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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Congratulations to our 2021 shortlist

The 2021 Farmers Weekly Awards finalists have been chosen. Read on to find out more about the 44 innovative farmers, entrepreneurial contractors, expert consultants and hard-working students that made our shortlist.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Young Farmer of the Year finalists

This year’s three finalists have overcome significant challenges both as individuals and as team members. Their love for agriculture and pride in the industry stands them in good stead for the future.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Livestock Adviser of the Year finalists

Dairy farmers are being challenged to produce milk as economically and sustainably as possible, so the best advice is of paramount importance. This year’s finalists have dairy clients who seek the best possible guidance as they face a more difficult direct subsidy-free future.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Environmental Champion of the Year finalists

The winner of this award, chosen from the finalists in the other Awards categories, is the farmer judged to have made the most positive impact on the wider environment and the sustainability of their farming activities.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Farm Manager of the Year finalists

This year’s finalists share many challenges in steering the businesses they manage. While their farms are very different, they also share a dedication to seeking improvements at every opportunity.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Farm Innovator of the Year finalists

The finalists of the 2021 Farm Innovator of the Year award were nominated for displaying the most innovation in addressing key challenges on their farms.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Mixed Farmer of the Year finalists

This year’s finalists all show a passion for sustainable farming practices, seeking the perfect balance of arable and livestock farming and complementary diversifications

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Grassland Manager of the Year finalists

This year’s finalists may be far flung, but they have in common a passion for grass and expertise in managing it to produce profitable livestock enterprises.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Ag Student of the Year finalists

All three finalists display a relentless work ethic and determination to help solve the challenges facing British farming.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Diversification of the Year finalists

Innovation and bold decision-making, coupled with enthusiasm and unrivalled knowledge of their businesses, are the hallmarks of this year’s Diversification finalists.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Beef farmer of the Year finalists

A pedigree, commercial and dairy beef unit went head-to-head. Each showed impressive cost control, engagement with stakeholders and consumers and optimal, rather than maximal, output.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Contractor of the Year finalists

This year’s Contractor of the Year finalists may be separated by hundreds of miles and operate in different markets, but they all share three key qualities – innovation, enthusiasm and determination. 

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Pig Farmer of the Year finalists

Three pig producers, who are all farrowing outdoors and have top technical performance, staff management and a drive to improve production and welfare, are hoping to be crowned 2021 Pig Farmer of the Year.  

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Arable Adviser of the Year finalists

All three agronomists competing for the biggest prize in arable advice are in the top 5% in their field and are role models for the way the industry needs to evolve to meet the changes needed in agriculture.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Sheep Farmer of the Year finalists

Our finalists demonstrate how innovation in breeding and flock management is beneficial for their businesses and for the wider sheep farming industry. 

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Poultry Farmer of the Year fianlists

Eggs and poultrymeat are both represented in this year’s poultry category – with three finalists from all three nations of Great Britain vying for the title of Poultry Farmer of the Year.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Arable Farmer of the Year finalists

All three finalists for Farmers Weekly’s Arable Farmer of the Year are focussed on improving cropping margins rather than pushing for out and out yield and are reaping the benefits of improving their soil health.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Dairy Farmer of the Year finalists

This year’s three finalists for the Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year award are all investing to modernise facilities and create a dairy fit for the future, with high cow welfare and top technical performance in mind.

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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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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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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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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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