Farmers Weekly Awards 2008: Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in London, where more than 1,100 people from the farming industry and a number of celebrity guests gathered together to applaud the very best in British farming.

The top award – Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year – went to the winner of Young Farmer of the Year, Adrian Ivory, a beef and arable farmer from Perthshire.

Adrian is an inspiration for all farmers. He has a simple business approach that balances the demands of farm and family very well. He sets himself tough targets and he is completely focussed on achieving them.“  Jane King, Editor, Farmers Weekly

The other awards were:

Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by Michelin Exelagri
R & C Targett

Countryside Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Environment Agency
Ian Waller

Dairy farmer of the Year
Sponsored by DairyCo
Charles Whittingham

Diversification Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by James Miles-Hobbs
Mercer Farming

Farm Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Claas
Matt Solley

Livestock Adviser of the Year
Sponsored by Silotite
Mark Hawe

Local Food Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Farmshop.uk.com
Douglas Wanstall

Pig Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Waitrose
Andrew Freemantle

Poultry Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by EB Equipment
David and Helen Brass

Sheep Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Footvax
Crosby Cleland

The Farming Champion, sponsored by the NFU, went to Jimmy Doherty.

Jimmy Doherty is the Farmers Weekly and NFU Farming Champion. He has transformed the way the public think about farming through his TV series Farming Heroes, which reached out to more than 12m viewers over six episodes.“  Peter Kendall, NFU president

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This post was written by Lucy on October 28, 2008

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More Cider with Roger

Earlier in the month I posted an entry called Cider with Roger encouraging you to visit Land’s End Farm, where Roger Wilkins produces his famous farmhouse cider.  By coincidence, I recently stumbled across a video about him and I just had to share it with you.

This beautifully shot film is the perfect antidote to a stressful day:

Posted under Awards, Countryside Organisations, Places to Visit, Things to Do

This post was written by Lucy on September 27, 2008

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Nominate Your Rural Hero

Support the countryside community by making your nominations for The Countryside Alliance Awards.  Formally known as the Best Rural Retailer competition, these awards were borne of a need to support and promote our rural communities and are now in their fourth year.

The categories for the Awards, which you can vote on from 1st September, are as follows:

  1. Best Local Food Award
  2. Best Village Shop/Post Office Award
  3. Rural Enterprise Award (formerly the diversification category)*
  4. Daily Telegraph Best Traditional Business Award
  5. Rural Hero (NEW to 2008 – they want to hear about anyone heroic, no matter their age, line of work or what their heroic deeds)

They will also be naming the politicians of the year and inviting suggestions in the following categories from September:

  1. The Grassroots Award for community campaigning (open to Councillors, devolved bodies and the UK and Irish Parliaments)
  2. The Westminster Award for bringing the countryside to Parliament
  3. The Rural Vision Award, for the politician with the countryside’s future at heart (open to Councillors, devolved bodies and the UK and Irish Parliaments)

The competition was launched in 2005 with 600 nominations.  In 2006, 2,000 nominations were made and last year they received 2,500.  If you would like to get involved and make this the best year yet, you can NOMINATE HERE.

The closing date for nominations is  27th October 2008.

*Anyone want to vote for Muddy Matches, feel free (hehe)!

Posted under Awards, Countryside Alliance, Countryside Organisations, Rural businesses

This post was written by Lucy on September 10, 2008

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