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South West Farmer Farming Awards

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South West Farmer: South West Farmer Awards 2017
Now in its second year, South West Farmer Awards, sponsored by Cornish Mutual gives the farming industry in the south west a chance to stand up and be recognised with an emphasis on future and forward thinking farmers. Supported by industry experts, the event, taking place at the Colin Atkinson Pavilion, Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton on Nov 2, gives local farmers, suppliers, breeders and everyone involved in the industry the recognition they deserve for the tremendous work they do throughout the year.

Have you, or do you know someone who has given 100 per cent and achieved great things this year? Or someone who has made a difference to the face of farming this year?

Nominations open for this year’s South West Farmer Awards
Nominee Name:

Address (inc postcode):


Describe farm being nominated:
Please provide a 50 word overview regarding the farm enterprise (e.g. farm size, flock/herd, other enterprises on the farm, any diversification, technology on the farm etc) to give an overall flavour regarding the size and type of farm being entered.
Summary of farm's approach:
Each nomination should also include a 50 word summary of the farm's approach regarding each of the five criteria below:

Enterprise performance:

Use of technology:

Environmental concerns:

Contribution to the community/agricultural industry:

Vision/Marketing Strategy:
Please choose the category you are nominating them for:

If different from above, please include your details below.


Address (inc postcode):


The South West Farmer Awards 2017
Sponsored by Cornish Mutual

The awards categories are as follows:

Farm Manager of the Year

Managing a farm or estate for a business or an individual has become more challenging over the years, with volatility now a part of everyday life and a rapidly changing agricultural landscape, just two of the issues to be managed. The successful winner of the Farm Manager of the Year category will need to demonstrate how they manage, develop and motivate staff on farm to see the opportunities that exist in this changing landscape. The successful Farm Manager will have excellent financial, operational and people management skills. Our winner will also need to demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities, appraise and measure performance and to develop, innovate and improve operating systems. Someone who can plan, evaluate and adjust strategies to deliver profitable and sustainable farm businesses and who is able to manage risk and develop new ways to deal with traditional farming issues. Perhaps you have developed or supported a new discussion group, identified new training requirements for your team or identified a new market opportunity for your business. The ability to deliver day in/day out and to bring together all elements and to get the best out of their team will be key to securing the title of Farm Manager of the year.

Farm Contractor of the Year

Supply of any service to a customer requires an understanding of their requirements. A Farm Contractor is no different to any other service supplier, in that they require good communication skills, excellent organisation and planning, a committed team, supported by the relevant machinery and a back up team. The successful Contractor of the Year will demonstrate strong financial and organisational skills. Perhaps you have identified new innovative ways of working or you offer a variety of services that help support your farming customers and ultimately extend the work available to your team. A combination of these attributes will be key to securing the title of Farm Contractor of the year.

Sheep Farmer of the Year

This award recognises the skills of a Sheep Farmer who has demonstrated a comprehensive approach to the management of their flock which includes consideration of the breeding programme, selection of rams, parasitic control, grassland management, rationing protocols and measures of performance. In addition, they will have a clear understanding of their costs, a marketing approach to selling their animals and a strategy for the future development of the business. The business will also be able to demonstrate/refer to external advice and services used to support the business.

Young Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Coodes

Being creative, innovative and forward thinking are strong qualities in Young Farmers and this category aims to recognise and reward those who have achieved positive results from new ideas and changes. This can be anything from new ways to increase productivity, diversification or making a positive impact on their local area.

Outstanding Achievement

This category is open to nominations for those demonstrating an outstanding achievement in the agricultural industry. We want to recognise individuals who have made a significant
contribution to farming and can evidence this with proven success. For example, you may know someone who has a highly successful business and deserves to be recognised for their innovations and achievements. Alternatively, it may be somebody who is forward thinking and has seen positive results by demonstrating the very best in farming practices?

Beef Farmer of the Year

This award recognises the skills of a Beef Farmer who has a clear and progressive business plan and has in place programmes and policies for the management of health livestock for breeding, rearing and finishing, coupled with a strong grassland and forage management strategy. The business will also demonstrate a well-defined marketing approach, with added value a key component clearly evident. The use of professional advice and services should also be obvious.

Dairy Farmer of the Year

We are looking for a dairy farmer that can fulfil the following criteria; a forward looking farmer who - knows where he/she wants to be in 5-10 years and how they are going to get there and who looks to innovation to help bring these objectives to life. We want to see evidence of thinking outside the box in terms of dairying and farming in general. Our winner will understand the importance they play as Dairy farmers in their community and the wider reach.

Arable Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Omex

This award will identify an Arable Farmer who can demonstrate a clear vision for the future with a management strategy for the business, which incorporates a detailed understanding of costs and an investment plan. The category winner will need to define how they have managed resources and delivered efficiencies to the business and improved quality and profit. The business will also demonstrate a marketing approach which considers different elements of the supply chain and can demonstrate how they are helping to protect the environment, through participation in recognised environmental schemes.

Green Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Natural Generation

This category is open to those who are making positive steps in the field of green energy and environmental farming, perhaps by producing energy themselves or adopting ways to conserve energy. Judges are looking for pioneers in this new era in farming and want to see efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and use of energy in the day-to-day running of the farm.

Family-run Farm of the Year
Sponsored by Mole Valley

We want to recognise the families who are the heart of Northern farming. As a family unit through generations, you will have developed a sustainable business, securing your family’s place in Northern farming for years to come. You will have kept with family traditions, but also created new ways of farming which allow you to compete in a changing environment. You will credit your team work as a unit as pivotal to your success.

The Innovation Award
Sponsored by Old Mill

The award recognises the farmer who has truly pushed the boundaries of farming and diversification. The Innovation Award recognises the farmer who combines an unprecedented blend of innovation, creativity, and uniqueness to their customer.

Organic Farmer of the Year

This award recognizes organic farmers who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation and outreach.

Farm Hand of the Year

The award recognises the farm hand who makes sure that the day to day running of the farm goes as smoothly as possible. They will demonstrate how they help the farmer manage the different areas of the farm and manage tasks throughout a typical working day. This will include working closely with animals of all kinds and operating heavy farming machinery, maintenance of machinery, maintaining property and boundaries. They will also demonstrate a mastery of task performed depending on the season such as lambing.