THREE âOutstandingâ sheep businesses have been unveiled as finalists for the AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year award.
While the companies themselves are quite different, all are run by producers dedicated to producing premium, quality-guaranteed IGP Scottish Lamb.
The finalists are Sharpitlaw in Kelso, led by Kevin Stewart; Orchardton Farm in Ayrshire, run by James Nisbet; and the Swinside Townfoot farm run by Peter and Vicki Hedley.
The reviewers for the award this year are Hamish Dykes, AgriScot Board Member; Quality Meat Scotland President Kate Rowell; and last year’s winner, Neil McGowan.
Mr Dykes said: âIt was fantastic to see so many applications from a wide range of sheep businesses across Scotland. The AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year is a fantastic platform to help raise the profile of the dedication and passion of sheep farmers in Scotland who work hard to produce premium IGP Scottish Lamb for which the industry is famous.
Ms Rowell added: âIt was great to visit the three finalists where we looked at all aspects of their business, from a high level of technical and financial performance to the implementation of new ideas to improve efficiency. and profitability. ”
The evaluators also sought to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, as well as any family and staff who may also work on the farm, to efficiently produce high quality livestock.
The big winner will receive a Â£ 500 check as well as a Â£ 250 voucher to celebrate their success at a Scotch Beef Club restaurant. The club, run by QMS, has around 150 members committed to serving top quality IGP Scottish Beef. The recipient will be unveiled at AgriScot on Wednesday, November 20 at noon in the main ring.
All farms producing lambs to be used for meat sold under the Scotch Lamb IGP label were eligible to request the price and, therefore, they also had to be members of the QMS quality assurance system.