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.
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.
This year’s three finalists have all developed sound businesses to keep the farm afloat and provide a succession platform for future generations.
A passion for livestock, agriculture and building a prosperous future, both personally and for their sector, connects this year’s three finalists.
All three finalists are maximising milk from forage to reduce feed costs and improve margins.
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.
Welsh mixed farmer Martin Evans, who won Farmers Weekly Awards 2019: Mixed Farmer of the Year, runs a 450ha dairy, poultry and arable farm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.