British Farming Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 British farming Awards have been revealed at a fantastic awards ceremony, held at Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa.

More than 650 farmers and industry professionals attended the event, which showcased the innovation and achievements of grass roots farmers across the agricultural industry.

Organised by Briefing Media, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Dairy Farmer and Arable Farming, the awards welcomed a record number of entries from across all farming’s core sectors.

Lord Don Curry

Lord Don Curry

Kicking off the evening was the presentation of Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture award, given to Lord Don Curry.

The linchpin of agriculture received rapturous applause from the audience for his achievements and influence on British agriculture and politics, which has spanned a 65-year career.

Hailing from Kirkharle, Northumberland, and the son of farmer, Don has steadfastly worked his way up from a grass roots tenant farmer to a much respected, influential figure within agriculture thanks to a host of key achievements.

Lord Curry was awarded a CBE for his services to agriculture in 1997, a knighthood in 2001 and ennobled in 2011.

Speaking to the British Farming Awards shortly after receiving his award he says: “It is a huge honour to have been presented with this award by the British Farming Awards. I feel very humbled, and blessed, to have had the privilege of being involved in so many aspects of the farming and food sector over the past 30 years, or so.

“I have made so many wonderful friends over that time. I was born into farming, and grew up on a family farm in Northumberland, so to be chosen by one's peers for this award is very special indeed. I shall treasure it for the rest on my life.”

Farming Hero

The winner of this year’s Farmers Guardian Farming Hero award was The Cumbria Flood Farm Action Group.

Representatives from the ARC Addington Fund, Cumbrian Chaplaincy, Cumbria Farmer Network, CLA, Farming Community Network, Federation for Common Land, Cumbria Commoners Association, Forage Aid, NFU and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) collected the award.

Their support included financial assistance, assessing the damage, lobbying for the Farming Recovery Fund and mobilising tonnes of forage to be delivered to the worst hit areas in the wake of Storm Desmond, which left huge parts of Cumbria ravaged last December.

Georgina Lamb, regional officer for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) and who spearheaded the campaign, says:
“Storm Desmond and subsequent flooding lead to dark times for many farmers, some of whom are still feeling the effects.

“CFFAG tried to make life a little easier for those hit by directing them to help available and assisting them in accessing support. By pooling all our resources and knowledge, the group was a one stop shop for many.”

2016 British Farming Award winners:

Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture sponsored by NSF Agriculture

Lord Don Curry

Beef Innovator of the Year

Gold: Ben and Tori Stanley, Tori & Ben’s Farm, Derbyshire

Silver: James Small, Warren Farm, Somerset

Dairy Innovator of the Year sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company

Gold: F.R. & V.A. Sims, Robert Sims, Cheshire

Silver: Sam Moorhouse, Hesper Skyr, North Yorkshire

Sheep Innovator of the Year award sponsored by Rancher Livestock Equipment and Scotpen Sheep Handling Systems

Gold: Ben Anthony and Diana Fairclough, Anthony and Fairclough, Carmarthenshire

Silver: Bryan & Liz Griffiths, B.J. and D.E. Griffiths, Southcott Farm, Devon

Arable Innovator of the Year sponsored by Adama

Gold: Jonathan Boaz, J.F. Boaz & Sons, Worcestershire

Silver: David Walston, Thriplow Farms, Cambridgeshire

Machinery Innovator of the Year

Gold: James Geoghegan, Agriknives, Co Westmeath

Silver: Pauric Fay, Trakjak Ltd, Co Cavan

Diversification Innovator of the Year (small to medium) sponsored by Spanner RE2

Gold: Joanna and Andrew Reynolds, Church Farm Brewery, Warwickshire

Silver: Andrew & Ruth Davies, Cwmfarm Charcuterie Products, Swansea

Diversification Innovator of the Year (large) sponsored by Spanner RE2

Gold: John Weston, Droitwich Spa Marina Ltd, Worcestershire

Silver: The Team at Bluebell Dairy, Brunswood Farm, Derbyshire

Digital Innovator of the Year sponsored by National Farm Research Unit

Gold: Jonathan Fell, The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire

Silver: Tom Hawthorne, Flawborough Farms, Nottinghamshire

Farming Partnership of the Year

Gold: Meirion Jones & Iwan Poulton, Carmarthenshire

Silver: South Devon Organic Producers Co-Operative, South Devon Organic Producers Ltd, Devon

Agricultural Student of the Year sponsored by Kubota

Gold: Nicola Blowey, Harper Adams University

Silver: Laura Davidson, Newcastle University

New Entrant: Against the Odds of the Year sponsored by NFU

Gold: Michael and Laura Trayte, M&L Dairying Ltd, Staffordshire

Silver: Paul and Madeleine Crawley, Courthill Farm, West Sussex

Family Farming Business of the Year sponsored by JG Animal Health

Gold: The Gay Family, Newton Farm Foods Ltd, Somerset

Silver: The Nixon Family, W. Nixon & Sons Ltd, Lancashire

Farmers Guardian Farming Hero sponsored by Asset Finance Partners

Cumbria Flood Action Group

Contractor Innovation of the Year

Gold: Matt Redman, Matt Redman Agriculture, Bedfordshire

Silver: Oliver Arnold, Spring Farm Partnership, Norfolk

British Farming Awards

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