Farmers Weekly Awards Categories

Farmers Weekly Awards are the most established awards in the agriculture industry and includes fourteen categories covering a range of enterprise types looking for the best in farming across the country. This is your chance to show Farmers Weekly why you should be one of our next award winners. It’s free to enter and you can nominate and submit entries in multiple categories.

Entry deadline is on 30th April 2019.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a unique and special contribution, over a prolonged period to farming. Previous winners of the award include: David Richardson, farmer and journalist; Professor John Nix, author of the Farm Management Pocketbook; and Lord Henry Plumb, former NFU president. We welcome nominations from Farmers Weekly readers.

Farming Champion

Farmers Weekly are looking for individuals who have been selfless in their efforts to strengthen British farming in the last 12 months. This could be someone who has campaigned for justice for British farmers, promoted the value of farming to the public or developed business models that has a benefit to British farmers rather than simply to his or her own farm.

Arable Farmer of the Year

The awarded arable business is likely to be flexible, collaborative and innovative to increase productivity and profits, despite unpredictable weather, regulation and market volatility. This will be someone who is harnessing and protecting the land’s natural resources to create a truly sustainable arable business in the face of ever increasing market and environmental challenges.

New Category!

Arable Adviser of the Year

Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to arable adviser, livestock specialist or vet. You will be carving out a profitable future for your clients and your expertise could be in all fields affecting farmers including business, marketing, new technologies, product recommendations, government policy and legal issues.

Beef Farmer of the Year

Are you a successful beef farmer with a vision for the future? If so then join the growing band of Farmers Weekly Award winners championing the British farming industry. The winner of this category will be producing high quality cattle to meet the ever-increasing consumer and environmental demands.

Contractor of the Year

The winning contractor will be someone who is regarded as an essential part of their farming customers’ business. They will be market-focused providing a reliable, efficient, punctual and above all, cost effective service to farmers either nationally or regionally.

Dairy Farmer of the Year

Innovative technical skills, cost management and seeking value where possible will be at the heart of the hard pressed dairy sector. The winner will exemplify all the skills needed to deliver a profitable and sustainable dairy business in the face of challenging market conditions.

Diversification Farmer of the Year

This category is seeking those who are adding value to the core farm business. This could be through a non-food business (such as caravan parks, turf and wildflowers) or food business (such as farm shops, cheese-making and food box schemes). The key criteria is showing how the diversification is helping to support and deliver a sustainable farm business.

New Category!

Grassland Manager of the Year
Grass is the UK’s most valuable crop. This award goes to the farmer who makes the very best use of their grassland, delivering the best possible nutritional benefit to their livestock. The judges will be looking at how the farmer maintains soil quality, manages seeding, monitors grass growth, controls pests and manages grazing and cutting.

New Category!

Livestock Adviser
Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your livestock farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to livestock specialist or vet – who advises livestock farmers. The judges are looking for an adviser who makes a demonstrable difference to their customers’ operations. Your expertise could be in all fields affecting livestock farmers including animal health & husbandry, business, marketing, new technologies, product recommendations, government policy and legal issues.

Farm Manager of the Year

The winning farm manager will be running a successful livestock, arable or mixed farming business. This will be someone who, as principal decision-maker, can demonstrate a significant impact on the business – for example through efficiency improvements, restructuring, collaboration or adding value. The judges will be looking for evidence of strong business acumen, excellent staff management and outstanding leadership.

Mixed Farmer of the Year

This category is for farmers and farming businesses who are running a mixed range of complimentary enterprises such as beef, arable and sheep or dairy and arable. No single farm sector will be dominant, but there might be two or three that are equally weighted. The judges will be looking for achievements and success in quality, productivity and profitability in each of the farming sectors – and how they work together to create one sustainable farming business.

Pig Farmer of the Year

Recognising the innovation and commitment of pig producers is more important than ever in the current financial climate. The winner of this award will be a pig producer who can demonstrate real change in the business in recent years. The judges will be looking for imaginative approaches to developing the enterprise in terms of production standards, profitability and sustainability.

Poultry Farmer of the Year

Are you a successful egg, turkey, goose, duck or chicken meat producer demonstrating excellence in production, marketing and welfare? Then you could join the growing band of finalists and winners – men and women championing best practice and flying the flag for the British farming industry.

Sheep Farmer of the Year

Are you a successful sheep producer demonstrating excellence in production, stockmanship and management. The winning sheep farmer will need to demonstrate their achievements in the past few years to deliver a business that is profitable and sustainable.

Young Farmer of the Year

Are you 30 years or under and making a success of managing a distinct area of the family farming business – or even running your own business? The winner of this category will be making a big impact on the farming business they are involved in and demonstrating qualities that mark them out as a future leader and innovator.

“It was a huge surprise and tremendous honour to receive a Farmers Weekly Award. I am extremely fortunate to work in a great business with a fantastic team and also to be supported by a truly wonderful family.
It was an incredible night and a privilege to be there amongst so many dedicated, passionate farmers.”

Mike Shapland

Farm Manager of the Year

 

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