The high anticipated Excellence in Farming Awards are back. The awards have been running four years and aims to recognise and reward farmers that are excelling in one of the three awards categories: Dairy Feed Efficiency Award, Forage Manager of the Year and Youngstock Producer of the Year.
Our knowledgeable judges completed two rounds of judging and have travelled across England, Scotland and Wales. The standard has been incredibly high which has made the judge's decisions even more difficult.
On Thursday 21st November the regional finalists and their account managers, headed to London for the annual awards luncheon and ceremony. The event was held at the Farmer's Club in Westminster.
Following a champagne reception, Steven Read, UK COO welcomed all of the guests and in particular the nominees and highlighted how well they had done to make it to the top 6 in their category.
After lunch the awards presentation began. Robin Weening, Business Unit Director and Henry Verwaijen, Group Marketing Director announced the winners for each category and the results were:
Britten Farming, Green Farm, Somerset
C C & C J Lovatt, Sprinks Farm, Cheshire
Mr D Brewster, Boclair Farm, Glasgow
Mr R J & Mrs S McKie, Hound Hill Farm, Dorset
Mr K Berry & Son, Brimstone Farm, Swindon
W Herdman & Sons, Gaynes Lodge, Cambridgeshire
J H Hutchinson & Son Ltd, Wilks Farm, North Yorkshire
C A Green & Son, Bedchester Farm, Dorset
Messrs Fielding, Pulford Farm, Blackburn
J N Harrison & Sons, Downhall Farm, Cardiff
Waterford Farm Partnership, Waterford Farm, Devon
C R T Pierrepont Farm, Pierrepont Farm, Surrey
W B Bowden & Sons, Boswidjack Farm, Cornwall
Mr D J Harrison, Dundraw Farm, Cumbria
M Madders Farming Ltd, Church Farm, Stafford
John Baggs Ltd, Worgret Manor Farm, Wareham
Mr & Mrs Howells, Blaengelli Farm, Carmarthenshire
O M Davies & Sons, Pencwarre Farm, Pembrokeshire
Speaking at the ceremony Henry Verwaijen said; “This year’s entries were once again of an extremely high standard, demonstrating many fine examples of forward-thinking, professional farmers within the ForFarmers customer base. Every winner should be very proud of their award as there was a wide selection of exceptional nominees in every category.”
Congratulations to all of this year's nominees, finalists and winners. We hope the winners enjoy their study trip to Europe.
We are pleased to say that the Excellence in Farming Awards will be back in 2020.
For Somerset dairy farmer Trish Coombes and her family, a readiness to adapt their herd feeding regime has enabled them to maintain a strong performance in the face of some recent challenges.
Taking cows back to twice-a-day milking has cut production costs and reduced working hours for one Cheshire dairy herd. This has allowed the family and staff to concentrate more time on setting management priorities and looking after the cows.