The Agri Scot Winners have been announced. There are 5 categories which celebrate the innovation, skill and dedication within Scottish farming, and to recognise and reward those enterprises successfully tackling emissions, boosting biodiversity, bolstering productivity and maximising profitability.
- AgriScot Arable Farm of the Year – Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms
- AgriScot Dairy Farm of the Year – Colin Laird, Blyth Farms, Peebleshire
- AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year – Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Aberdeenshire
- AgriScot Sheep Farm of the Year – Calum McDiarmid, Mains of Murthly, Aberfeldy
- AgriScot Diversified Farm of the Year – The Pollock Family, Ardross Farm, Fife
The AgriScot Award sponsors included: Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, ABP, Ayrshire Cattle Services, Arla, Brodies LLP, CIS, Cogent, CowAlert, Datamars, Davidsons Animal Feeds, Farmplan, Harbro, Holstein UK, Kilpatrick & Walker, Krone, McCaskie Farm Supplies, Merlo, McCormick, Moredun, NFUS, NFU Mutual, Norvite, NWF, Power Washer Services, SAC Consulting, Scottish Farmer, Scot Agri, QMS, Semex, Soil Essentials, Spaldings, Thomas Sherriff, Thorntons Law LLP, Watson Seeds, Yara UK
Initial entry to the awards was through the completion of an application form, outlining farm business details, processes and outcomes. After being whittled down, shortlisted farms were then visited by a selection of judges, before the final three from each category were named during a live streamed event in early October.
Business Skills Winner: Jack Young Jack is from Carluke, Lanarkshire and studied agriculture at both SRUC Barony and Oatridge campuses. After spending some time travelling New Zealand, Jack returned home to work on the family farm full time. He is also an active member of his local Young Farmers club.
Also taking place on the day was the live final of the Business Skills Award, with Jack Young crowned the winner and successfully taking home the £1000 cash prize, kindly supported by SRUC and NFU Mutual. The final stage of the competition involved evaluating the recipient of the Product Innovation Award and presenting their findings back to a panel of judges, answering further questions around business skills, topical agricultural issues and how they are developing their CV.