AgriScot announces finalists for Scottish Beef and Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year

AgriScot has announced the finalists for its prestigious Scotch Beef and Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year awards, saying they all share a common enthusiasm for improving productivity and efficiency

Finalists for the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award are Durie Farms in Fife, run by Douglas Christie; Adziel in Aberdeenshire, led by James, Irene and Gillian Fowlie; and the Drumbreddan Farm run by Daniel and Lamont Hair.

Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year finalists are Swinside Townfoot, run by Peter Hedley in Jedburgh; Saughland Farm, run by farm manager Peter Eccles and herd manager Owen Gray in Pathhead; and, Attonburn Farm, run by Robert and Becca Rennie in Yetholm.

The aim of the AgriScot Awards is to showcase the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. Sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors and supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), organizers annually seek Scottish farms that exemplify high standards in beef and sheep production. QMS chair Kate Rowell said this year’s finalists have all demonstrated a passion for producing high quality, sustainable Scottish beef and lamb.

“I am always impressed with the caliber of nominees for both AgriScot Awards and it has not been easy to determine which farms will move on to the next stage of evaluation.”

Ms Rowell herself is one of the sheep award assessors this year, alongside AgriScot’s Hamish Dykes, and 2019 Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year recipient Kevin Stewart.

The price of beef is judged by Bruce McConachie of QMS, AgriScot Chairman Robert Neill and the recipient of the 2019 Scottish Beef Farm of the Year, Alistair Kingan.

Over the past month, these evaluators have visited the farms of the finalists to learn more about each company and decide which will take home the titles at the awards ceremony on February 9, which will be broadcast live on the website. AgriScot.

Mr Neill commented: “It is important that AgriScot showcases and rewards quality beef and sheep production in Scotland, and celebrates the people behind it, and we are delighted to recognize these finalists.

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In addition to evidence of a high level of technical and financial performance, farm evaluators looked for evidence of adoption of new ideas to improve efficiency and profitability and whether the companies had an eye on the end product market. .

Kenneth Mackay, Land and Rural Business Team Partner at Thorntons, said: “We are proud to be sponsors of the Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year and Scotch Beef Farm of the Year awards. AgriScot is keen to recognize all elements of the agricultural sector and we are delighted to be able to help them achieve this goal. »

As well as receiving the coveted title, recipients will receive a check for £500 as well as a £250 voucher to celebrate their success at a Scotch Beef Club restaurant. The club, run by QMS, has approximately 150 members committed to serving premium Scotch Beef PGI. For more information on the awards or to look back on past winners, visit the SGQ website.