The 2021 Farmers Weekly Awards finalists have been chosen. Learn on to search out out extra in regards to the 44 revolutionary farmers, entrepreneurial contractors, knowledgeable consultants and hard-working college students that made our shortlist.
The judging begins now, and the class winners – in addition to the general winner of the coveted Farmer of the Yr Award – will probably be named at our ceremony at London’s Grosvenor Home lodge on Thursday, 7 October.
See additionally: Sustain with the most recent Awards information
Ag Scholar of the Yr
Chloe Gimson, Starvegut Corridor Farm, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Chloe is keen about selling British farming by her work with Girls In Pigs, and is utilizing her agriculture enterprise administration research to assist her household farm thrive.
John Halton, Moat Home, Castletown, Meath
Decided to run his personal natural dairy herd in England after learning agriculture, social-media-savvy John educates shoppers about farming in Eire along with his participating movies.
Jessica Langton, Northgables, Aldercar Lane, Derbyshire
Robust enterprise acumen and a eager curiosity in bovine genetics on the College of Nottingham is fuelling Jessica’s mission to carve a sustainable path for UK dairy.
Arable Adviser of the Yr
Ed Brown, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Ed is head of agroecology at HL Hutchinson, specialising in a spread of agronomy companies, together with soil administration, crop diet and serving to purchasers transition to agroecological farming techniques.
Mike Harrington, Ginge, Oxfordshire
Mike is managing director of Edaphos, an agronomy consultancy he arrange with a powerful deal with bettering soil well being and decreasing inputs.
Kieran Walsh, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
An impartial agronomist working for Velcourt Advisory Companies, Kieran additionally managed the agronomy for the Fingers Free Hectare challenge and now its successor the Fingers Free Farm at Harper Adams College.
Arable Farmer of the Yr
Andy Barr, East Lenham Farm, Maidstone, Kent
Andy is a regenerative agriculture pioneer who began out 20 years in the past. He’s now seeing actual advantages from improved soil well being on the 430ha of combinable crops he manages, together with milling wheat and malting barley.
Simon Finest, Acton Home Farm, Poyntzpass, Newry, County Armagh
Simon has overseen the transformation and enlargement of Acton Home Farm from a blended system to at least one that’s predominantly arable centered, with 465ha of cropping together with wheat, oats, barley, oilseed rape and beans.
Stephen Briggs, Whitehall Farm, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Stephen grows 110ha of natural crop, together with oats, and has seen yields rise by 25% over the previous 14 years. He’s additionally utilizing know-how, together with GPS-guided weeders, and has adopted managed visitors farming.
Beef Farmer of the Yr
Aled and Iwan Evans, Relaxation, Whitland, Carmarthenshire
Since beginning their enterprise six years in the past, the Evans brothers have honed effectivity and grassland administration on their 630-head dairy and beef-finishing enterprise. Additionally they run 700 breeding ewes and end retailer lambs.
Mark Jelley, Perkins Lodge, Daventry, Northamptonshire
Dropping 28 cows to TB 4 years in the past made the Jelley household ditch a flying herd coverage. Stabiliser bulls now breed replacements from a 95-cow suckler herd, and beef ending runs alongside an arable unit.
Ian Norbury, Mobberley Angus, Knutsford, Cheshire
Ian has grown demand for beef and genetics from his herd of 115 Aberdeen Angus spring-calving cows. A grass-based system has reduce prices and he has began outwintering youngstock to extend income.
Contractor of the Yr
HC Beales Agricultural Contracting, Crown Farm, Nice Ellingham, Norfolk
Route plans, area maps and harvest packs guarantee HC Beales will get the most effective from a 30-strong group throughout peak intervals, and strict upkeep data assist hold package in tip-top situation.
A&R Fraser Contracting, Braeside Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Brothers George and Jonathon have propelled the household enterprise into a brand new age of farm contracting. A robust deal with regenerative agriculture has eased clients’ transition to zero tillage, diminished chemical and fertiliser inputs, and improved yields.
Mill ‘N’ Combine, Dochcarty Highway, Dingwall, Ross-shire
John Fraser’s 40-year-old household enterprise specialises in cellular feed processing. With 429 energetic clients unfold throughout a 60-mile radius, the corporate takes huge pleasure within the high quality of its work and customer support.
Dairy Farmer of the Yr
ET Larwood & Sons, Oak Home Farm, Larling, Norwich
The Larwoods milk 250 Holsteins and calve year-round, averaging 10,450 litres at 4.4% protein and three.32% butterfat. Being pregnant fee averages 32% and transition cow well being is phenomenal.
George Lester, Manor Farming Firm, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
George milks 186 Holsteins by robots and achieves 37.6 litres a cow a day. He has lowered his feed fee to simply 0.32kg/litre, saving £30,000 with out impacting yield.
Janette and Richard Thornton, Heathtolt Farm, Horsham, West Sussex
The Thorntons run an autumn-calving herd of 200 cows, averaging 9,300 litres, with good herd well being contributing to wholesome income and robust herd efficiency.
Diversification of the Yr
James Alexander, Balado Airfield, Lincot, Hilton of Burleigh, Kinross
Farming on the disused Balado airfield impressed James to arrange a one-stop aviation and exercise centre, with plane hangars, a viewing gallery, cafe and industrial lets.
Edward Burman, Hemp Complete Meals, Kingstanding Farm, Beausale, Warwickshire
Rising and processing hemp has allowed Edward to create a enterprise promoting direct to shoppers that enhances his blended farm, whereas decreasing inputs and focusing on net-zero carbon.
Alison and Fergus Youthful, Outdated Leckie Farm, Gargunnock, Stirling
After taking on the household farm in 2012, Alison and Fergus have constructed up a thriving on-line store delivering their produce to 225 households on a weekly foundation.
Farm Supervisor of the Yr
Tom Chanter, FWS Carter & Sons, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter
Labour and equipment effectivity have been improved by Tom within the arable and beef enterprise he manages. Higher grades are being achieved for 3,500 cattle completed yearly, with additional worth added by promoting extra by the farm’s store.
Jake Freestone, Overbury Enterprises, Overbury, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Jake has moved a 1,600ha combinable crops and sheep operation to a regenerative system. Happy with the elevated biodiversity he has achieved, he goals to introduce extra livestock and is a outstanding ambassador for farming.
Edward Vipond, Troston Farms, Park Farm, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Wholesale modifications to rotations and equipment coverage have been made by Edward on the 1,542ha farm to deal with poor construction throughout soils starting from clay to sand. Lowering danger is a spotlight, particularly on the sunshine land.
Grassland Supervisor of the Yr
Invoice and Suzanne Harper, Trepoyle Farm, North Tamerton, Cornwall
Invoice and Suzanne are growing a low-fertiliser grazing system with rotational grazing for suckler cows, dairy calves and a flock of Lleyn ewes on their farm within the Tamar valley.
Mark Housby, Peepy Farm, Bywell, Northumberland
Farm supervisor Mark has overseen a whole-farm grass reseeding and grazing infrastructure programme for the reintroduction of dairy cows to Peepy Farm, which is a part of the Allendale property.
Richard Rogers, Bodrida Farm, Anglesey
Richard runs three spring-calving, grass-based dairy models with a complete of 900 cows and a group of six workers. Two-thirds of annual common yield (5,349 litres a cow) is from forage.
Livestock Adviser of the Yr
Mike Bray, Kite Consulting LLP, The Dairy Lodge, Dunston Enterprise Village, Dunston, Staffordshire
Mike works with 35 dairy companies to advise on all features of manufacturing, from genomics by dry cow administration to early calf diet. He has a specialist curiosity in progressive US barn techniques of milk manufacturing.
Rachel Hayton, West Hill Barns, Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset
Rachel is a senior clinician and shareholder of a significant veterinary apply. She is the first vet for six dairy purchasers, affords a mastitis consultancy, is concerned in analysis and coaching, and is a member of quite a few business our bodies.
Ian Ohnstad, The Dairy Group, New Agriculture Home, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, Somerset
Ian is a dairy husbandry guide with an curiosity in milking techniques, and advises on the interplay between the milking machine, the milker and the cow. He’s concerned in quite a few nationwide and worldwide associations.
Blended Farmer of the Yr
Carlisle household, Rowles Farm, West Ilsley, Berkshire
The family-run farm incorporates 700 breeding ewes, 600 bought hoggs, 50 retailer cattle, a spread of arable cropping, with a brand new winery planted for the primary time this season.
Huw and Meinir Jones, Bryn Farm, Cardigan, Ceredigion
Huw and Meinir pleasure themselves on the event of a regenerative beef and arable system. A deal with grassland administration utilizing no synthetic fertiliser yields greater than 11t/ha of dry matter.
Paul Temple, Wold Farm, Driffield, Yorkshire
The shift to conservation agriculture is reducing total nitrogen use by 25% throughout Paul’s beef and arable farm, the place chemical sprays are being diminished to maximise the effectivity of soil biology.
Pig Farmer of the Yr
Ryan Dyer, Corridor Farm, Thetford, Norfolk
Corridor Farm is a 1,200-head outside sow herd, based mostly close to Thetford, Norfolk, sitting on 48ha (120 acres) of rented land from a neighborhood arable farmer. Ryan produces 1,900-2,000 piglets each three weeks for the BQP/Pilgrims UK provide chain.
Richard Mellor, Grange Farm, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
Grange Farm is a 990-sow outside unit run on a two-week batch manufacturing system. Pigs are weaned at 5 weeks and are moved to BQP rising farms for the BQP/Pilgrims provide chain. The unit is run as the principle enterprise on a 145ha council farm that Richard secured seven years in the past.
Justin Willoughby, JH Norman and sons, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Since becoming a member of Park Farm in 2012, pig farm supervisor Justin has carried out modifications resulting in weaned pigs per sow growing by 30% and the sale of pigs nearly doubling. Vital value financial savings have additionally been made.
Poultry Farmer of the Yr
Nick and Maria Davis, Usk Vale Poultry, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Usk Vale Poultry began out supplying turkeys for the Christmas commerce, however has expanded to incorporate broilers and a slaughterhouse to course of different farmers’ birds. New know-how has additionally helped enhance effectivity.
Craig Michie, Barra Bronzes, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Free-range, slow-growing turkeys are the mainstay of Craig Michie’s enterprise, focusing on the Christmas and Thanksgiving markets. Greater than 3,000 birds will probably be fed a home-produced ration to comprise prices, whereas sturdy branding advantages margins.
Len and Pete Olds, Cornhill Farm, Camborne, Cornwall
Len and Pete Olds hold about 13,500 free-range laying hens in 4 flocks with an emphasis on excessive welfare. There’s a sturdy deal with advertising because the enterprise elected to interrupt away from a nationwide packer final yr.
Sheep Farmer of the Yr
Alwyn Phillips, Pen Y Gelli, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Alwyn has been performance-recording Texels and Ballot Dorsets for greater than 40 years. Basing his breeding choices on a grass system leads to practical rams match for the industrial realities of sheep farming.
Tim White, Maiden Bradley, Warminster, Wiltshire
Tim applies the motto “genetics not cosmetics” to managing his Exlana flock, utilizing arduous information to make breeding choices. He’s reaching a 20% year-on-year progress in ram gross sales.
Younger Farmer of the Yr
Benjamin Clappison, Cowlam Grange, Driffield, East Yorkshire
Benjamin, 24, is a accomplice in his household’s enterprise. Having labored as a farm mechanic in Australia, he’s eager on new know-how and discovering numerous earnings streams.
Dafydd Edwards, Groesasgwrn, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
Dafydd, 20, has returned to work on his household’s dairy farm after finishing an agriculture diploma. He does his personal synthetic insemination and foot-trimming, and has began a fencing enterprise.
Harriet Ross, Newseat of Drumbreck Farmhouse, Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Harriet, 29, runs an arable and pig enterprise on a tenant farm. She is within the strategy of taking up her dad and mom’ farming enterprise and can be a full-time guide.