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.

Ag Student of the Year

Oli Hill
Community Editor

Josh Dowbiggin
2017 Ag Student of the Year

Ian Pigott
Farmer & Chair
The Farmingschool

Judges tip:

I am looking for an individual who’s impressed at their college or university with their eye for detail and innovation. Showing the ambition and creativity to thrive in a post Brexit farming environment, my winner will be a person who will ultimately go on to make a real difference in the farming or food sectors.

– Ian Pigott
Farmer & Chair
The Farmingschool

Arable Farmer of the Year

Richard Allison
Arable Editor

Shaun Watson
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

Michael Priestley
Livestock Editor

Paul & Dwynwen Williams
2017 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

Russell Price
2017 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

Hayley Parrott
Deputy Livestock Editor

Neville & Suzanne Loder
2017 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

Philip Case
News Editor

Jonny & Dulcie Crickmore
2017 Diversification Farmer of the Year

Michael Mack
Business Consultant/Associate
Savills

Judges tip:

The best diversification businesses understand customers and their needs, remain faithful to the integrity of the farm and run a tight ship.

I will be looking at how the entrants understand their customers’ needs and how they connect back to the farm. But we will also be very interested to make sure the business is well managed and has a clear vision for the future.

– Michael Mack
Business Consultant/Associate
Savills

Farm Adviser of the Year

Lucinda Dann
Arable Reporter

Andrew Jenkinson
2017 Farm Adviser of the Year

Paul Wilson
Chief Executive
Rural Business Research
University of Nottingham

Judges tip:

The winner of the farm adviser category needs to demonstrate sound technical and business knowledge, through using data, to make sound recommendations to help his or her clients succeed in a changing commercial environment.

– Paul Wilson, Chief Executive
Rural Business Research
University of Nottingham

Farm Manager of the Year

Suzie Horne
Business Editor

Chris Baylis
2017 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

Farmworker of the Year

Jack Yates
Business Reporter

Hugh Sapsed
2017 Farmworker of the Year

Di Wastanage
Vice Chair
RABDF

Judges tip:

I believe the Farm Worker of the Year will be someone who enjoys being involved in all aspects of the business, technically proficient and with a ‘can do’ attitude. Most importantly though I want to see farmworkers embracing the future of farming too.

– Di Wastenage
ARAgS
Dairy Farmer
Vice Chair, RABDF

Mixed Farmer of the Year

Andrew Meredith
Senior Business Reporter

Robert Neil
2017 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

Johann Tasker
Chief Reporter

Howard Revell
2017 Pig Farmer of the Year

Zoe Davis
Independent Judge

Poultry Farmer of the Year

Jake Davies
UK Poultry World Editor

Robert Chapman
2017 Poultry Farmer of the Year

Gary Ford
Independent Judge

Sheep Farmer of the Year

Rhian Price
Livestock Editor

Matt & Pip Smith
2017 Sheep Farmer of the Year

John Vipnod
Bsc, PhD
FRAGS

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.

– John Vipnod, Bsc, PhD
FRAGS

Young Farmer of the Year

Lauren Harris
News/Business Reporter

James Fairlie
2017 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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