Event

We are celebrating the achievements of the Scottish Agriculture sector at The Scottish Agriculture Awards 2024 in partnership with AgriScot, RHASS and The Scottish Farmer on Thursday, October 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow Central.

The evening includes access to our drinks reception, 3 course meal, entertainment, official event programme, evening networking and the awards presentation.

For information on how to purchase tickets or tables please email nina.holmes@newsquest.co.uk

ENTRY DEADLINE

Thursday, July 11, 2024

EVENT DATE

Thursday, October 24, 2024

EVENT TIME

TBC

EVENT LOCATION

DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow Central.

How to Enter

1. Click the Enter Now button to be transferred to our Online Nomination Form

2. Choose Your Category

3. Nominate – complete the entry form for your chosen nomination and the category you would like to nominate them in. If you want to enter more than one category, you will need to submit individually.

4. Good Luck! Please provide as much information as you feel appropriate/applicable. Don’t worry too much if you can’t provide all the details – we want to hear of your nominations enthusiasm for Agriculture and the reasons your nomination should win!

Categories

Adviser of the Year

This category is open to any adviser specialising in Agriculture. This could be a financial advisor, business advisor, arable advisor, livestock advisor or anything in between. Most importantly the judges are looking for an adviser who goes above and beyond for their clients.

Contractor of the Year

This category is open to any business or individual offering Agricultural Contracting services with a high standard of practical and technical knowhow. Do you go above and beyond for your customers, ensuring you exceed expectations and meet deadlines whilst providing accurate and cost-effective work.

Farming’s Future Award – sponsored by NFUS

This category will recognise an individual under the age of 35. We are looking for those who champion the sector or have an unrivalled passion for agriculture. They should be an individual who strives to better themselves and their career through ongoing education or innovate ideas. We are looking for someone who will be the future of farming for year’s to come.

Machinery Dealer of the Year

We are looking to recognise a Machinery Dealer who has demonstrated outstanding performance while evidencing dedication and commitment to their customers. The Machinery Dealer’s primary business will be buying or selling of new or used farm equipment, or both.

Unsung Hero of the Year

This award will be presented to any individual within Agriculture who has shown an unprecedented dedication to the sector. We are looking for those who champion the sector or have an unrivalled passion for agriculture. This is a chance to say thank you to those who have dedicated themselves to their work but without the expectation of an accolade.

Animal Health Provider of the Year

We are looking to recognise an Animal Health Provider who strives for excellence and offers an outstanding service.

Supplier of the Year

We are looking to recognise a supplier to the Agriculture Sector who provides an unrivalled service and dedication to their customers.

Best Agroforestry Award

This category is looking to reward a project/partnership or initiative that brings together the Agriculture and Forestry industries.

Sustainable Farm of the Year – sponsored by Virgin Money

Sustainable farming is important, if not imperative, to creating a future for our next generation of farmers. We want to recognise those who are embracing sustainable practices while exploring new practices and ideas to support their goal of sustainability.

Arable Farm of the Year – sponsored by SoilEssentials

This category will reward a Scottish Arable Farm which has a clear strategy for their arable enterprise and crop management. Most importantly we want to hear about a passion for Arable Farming and what steps have been taken to improve the business. This category is kindly partnered by AHDB.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year – sponsored by ABP

Kindly partnered by QMS, this category will seek entries from Scotch Beef Enterprises who have an unrivalled enthusiasm for what they do. Judges are looking for a commitment to delivering a high standard of cattle management alongside a quality product.

Dairy Farm of the Year – sponsored by GEA

We are looking for a Dairy Farm with a forward-thinking approach and which strives to excel within their field. If you know a dairy farm that is a shining example, then nominate them today.

Sheep Farm of the Year – sponsored by Rumenco

Supported by QMS our judges are looking for a sheep farming enterprise that demonstrates a passion and enthusiasm to efficiently produce high quality animals which also keeping an keen eye on the market for the end product.

Diversified Farm of the Year – sponsored by SAC Consulting

Diversification is an opportunity to grow and develop your business and we want to learn about motivation and key drivers for your diversification. How was diversifying changed and improved your overall business, building on your farming roots? We look forward to hearing your story on how you have frown your brand and developed new skills.

Mixed Farm of the Year – sponsored by Thorntons

New for 2024, we are introducing an award to recognise a mixed farm which combines crops and livestock production. We want to hear from farms where complementary strategies are deployed to deliver an overall success for the farming enterprise while balancing productivity with environmental stewardship, contributing to the resilience and prosperity of the operation.

2023 Winners & Finalists

Adviser of the Year

  • Eric Anderson, Scottish Agronomy
  • Hazel Laughton, SAC Consulting
  • Heather Wildman, Saviour Associates Ltd – Winner

Animal Health Provider of the Year

  • Clyde Vet Group – Winner
  • East of Scotland Farmers Ltd
  • Tinto Farm Vets

Arable Farm of the Year – sponsored by soilessentials

  • Savock Farms – Winner
  • Robert Reid & Son, Gourdie Farm
  • Rosskeen Farms

Best Agroforestry Award – sponsored by Field & Forest Machinery LTD

  • The Woolly Pig Company – The future forest company at Brodoclea Farm Woodland
  • W. Laird & Sons, Netherurd Home Farm – Winner

Dairy Farm of the Year Award – sponsored by GEA

  • Coopon Carse Farm – Winner
  • Linns Farm
  • Westertown Farm, Mackie’s of Scotland

Diversified Farm of the Year – sponsored by SAC Consulting

  • Glenkiln Farm – Winnner
  • J W Smith Byres Farm
  • Sheepdog School, Ardros Farms

Machinery Dealer of the Year

  • C T Scott LTD – Winner
  • Netherton Tractors Ltd
  • Paterson ATV

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year – sponsored by ABP

  • Carriston Farm
  • Carskiey Farm
  • Firm of T Hodge, Rulesmains Farm – Winner

Sheep Farm of the Year – sponsored by Thorntons Law

  • Farmstock Genetics
  • Roan Farm
  • Windshiel Farm – Winner

Supplier of the Year

  • Jack Lamb Agricultural Merchant
  • KW Feeds
  • Redpath Tyres – Winner

Sustainable Farm of the Year – sponsored by Polycrub

  • Edinvale Farms
  • J Rennie & Sons (Farmers) Ltd, Gask Farm
  • R Mitchell & Sons, Whitriggs Farm – Winner

Unsung Hero of the Year – sponsored by Virgin Money

  • John Copland

Young Farmer Initiative of the Year

  • SAYFC – Development and Wellbeing Committee, Thrive Mental Wellbeing App Pilot – Winner
  • Nicola Wordie
  • Wallace Currie

Champion of Champions 2023 – sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables

  • Glenkiln Farm

FAQ

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all companies, individuals, organisations and farms operating in Scotland. Nominations can be made directly from the businesses or farms or from a third-party. If you are nominating on the behalf of someone else, you must seek their approval beforehand.

What is the deadline for entries?

The deadline for entries is July 11, 2024

How much does it cost?

It is free to enter. Those shortlisted will also receive two complimentary tickets to attend the awards ceremony. We ask that if you enter, you are able to attend the evening of the awards

How does the judging process work?

The judging process will involve farm visits for our farm of the year categories. The other categories will be put to a panel of independent experts who will organise in person or online interviews with the shortlisted nominees. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered, or feedback provided.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be listed in The Scottish Farmer early September.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place on Thursday, October 24 at DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow Central. 2023 was a sold out event so please book early to avoid disappointment. More information on the event and tickets can be found in the ‘The Awards Ceremony’ section above.

What do I do if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Head of Events, Nina Holmes on 0141 302 6138 or nina.holmes@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.