The Scottish Farmer

The Scottish Farmer has been a fundamental part of farming life in Scotland since 1893. Supplying news and information, the paper is in close contact with the industry through a team of highly qualified and very experienced journalists. This is complimented by the technical and scientific writers from Scotland’s agricultural colleges and research institutes.

The Scottish Farmer is read by more Farmers in Scotland than any other Farming media. Over 12,500 paid for copies every week. 100% actively purchased.

The Scottish Farmer is also celebrating it’s 140th anniversary in 2023.



AgriScot to be held on 22 November, is widely regarded as one of the premier events in UK agriculture and continues to develop its appeal to all sectors of the industry… both to the supply trade and to a wide cross section of farmers eager to seek out the products, services, advice and information necessary for their farming businesses. Those seeking answers to the myriad of questions on their own circumstances will find them at The Farm Business Event where the best commercial and technical advice is on offer.

AgriScot is delighted to partner with The Scottish Farmer and RHASS to launch the Scottish Agriculture Awards and thereby create a new event in the Scottish farming calendar which will recognise and celebrate best practice within the industry.


Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland

The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is for everyone who supports the very best standards in agriculture, forestry and stewardship of the countryside, which are such an essential part of our heritage – and our future.

Industries in our rural areas are major contributors to the economy and character of the country.  Throughout the highlands, lowlands and islands people produce our food and drink, manage and conserve our countryside and provide access to sport and recreation for millions.

With its history of encouraging advances in education, science, technology and craftsmanship over two hundred years, RHASS is in a strong position to continue its twin roles of building business for Scotland’s land-based and allied industries, and of creating a wider public understanding of the management of the land and rural resources.

In these ways, we help build a healthy economy and employment and provide the wider public with the information they need to make balanced judgments on rural matters.

The Scottish Agriculture Awards are exactly the recognition that our sector needs and deserves, it will bring accolade, celebration, and valuable opportunities for the winners to celebrate our success. We are pleased to be creating these awards with The Scottish Farmer and AgriScot and look forward to seeing the brilliant efforts of entrants that are leading the way across rural Scotland


Category Sponsors

ABP Food Group


The Advantage Beef Programme is a dynamic new enterprise partnership created by ABP to help farmers build a sustainable beef farming business for their families and for future generations. It provides greater assurance for farmers through four key enterprise drivers: best-in-class genetics, process efficiencies, a guaranteed minimum base price and valuable supports. The programme is open to dairy, beef and suckler farmer.

Field & Forest


Field and Forest supply a wide range of forestry machinery and equipment for hire across the UK and Ireland. Our products include all of the equipment required for forestry management, site clearance, developing roads and tree removal. We also offer equipment to process firewood and timber for biomass fuel.

We deliver equipment to landowners, arb and forestry professionals, estate managers, local authorities and construction specialists. Our fleet has been built with the professional user in mind and we have developed specific relationships with the forestry industry’s best plant and machinery providers.

If you require a stump grinder, tree shear, cone splitter, wood chipper, firewood processor or kindling machine then we have the machinery for you.



We are one of the leading suppliers of milking equipment and automated livestock systems, GEA is committed to supporting British dairy farmers in profitable and sustainable milk production.

Through our UK authorised dealer network, GEA is a provider of technology and equipment for the dairy farming sector, offering robotic and conventional milking systems, automated feeding, herd management, hygiene products, spare parts and service.

From the design and planning of your complete dairy facility, including herd and farm management systems, our focus on product innovation and cutting-edge technology allows today’s dairy farmers to realise greater efficiencies, improving productivity and managing costs to improve profitability.

These applications not only increase livestock performance but also care for the environment and improve our customer’s lifestyles.



We are the designers, and only suppliers, of the Polycrub. We are based in Northmavine, Shetland and are a successful social enterprise. This makes us a little different from usual businesses. We are a trading arm of Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC), a charity that works alongside local people to regenerate and develop Northmavine.

Like traditional businesses we aim to make a profit, but it’s what we do with our profits that sets us apart. We reinvest them in Northmavine to create positive social change by supporting community-based projects.

The ‘Polycrub’ concept began as an NCDC community project in 2008. Our community was keen to reduce food miles and grow more fresh produce locally.

Grant aid from the Climate Challenge Fund meant that we could build 12 community polytunnels in Northmavine. Each building was split into shared plots and almost 50 people in our community were able to grow undercover.

SAC Consulting


SAC Consulting is where research meets practice.

Working with colleagues from across SRUC, our consultants in 24 offices across Scotland and northern England turn research into advice and advantage for business and public sector alike. Whether your business is the production of beef or biomass, grain or gin, SAC Consulting offers expertise, reach and local knowledge.

Over decades we have served farmers and crofters, multinationals and governments. But as the demands and expectations around land management have evolved so have we – advising as expertly on the carbon footprint of lamb production as on lambing itself; on energy storage as on the storage of potatoes; on woodland planning as on soil nutrient budgeting. We are ready to help you meet the next challenge, realise the next opportunity and support sustainable growth.



We are the leading Scottish precision farming specialists, based near the foot of the Angus Glens and provide integrated solutions through the seasons to make a farmer’s life easier and more profitable by farming smarter. With an extensive portfolio of products and services of our own, we complement this with Trimble authorised dealer status for Northern UK, Scottish dealer for Garford Farm Machinery, UK reseller of 7Sense smart sensors, UK advanced dealer for Continental ProViu 360 camera surround systems and now exclusive distribution and service partners for AgXeed AgBot autonomous vehicles for Northern UK.



As one of Scotland’s largest full-service legal firms, Thorntons offer all the legal advice you need. With a network of offices across Scotland, our legal and estate agency teams are on hand for you with practical and straightforward advice: in person, online or by phone. Whatever’s right for you, we’re ready to help.

Virgin Money


Virgin Money, has a long history of providing farmers with business and finance advice.

Lending to farmers and the associated wider food industry is a high priority area. It makes up a significant part of its portfolio and it’s an area which requires specialist advice.  Virgin Money’s commitment to farming and rural communities goes back generations through its Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank heritage. The Bank has a dedicated UK-wide agricultural team who have the local knowledge along with regional specialist understanding and experience in all the sub-sectors within the industry to support its diverse range of agri-businesses customers. This means farmers and agri-customers benefit from local on the ground expertise and fast decision-making, providing them with the best financing advice for their enterprise.

Virgin Money can provide financial insight and support to primary producers and farming businesses; whether they are looking to invest in their business, protect it from commodity price fluctuations or reduce exposure to foreign exchange risk.

Event Partners


QMS is the public body responsible for helping the Scottish red meat sector improve its efficiency and profitability, and maximise its contribution to Scotland’s economy. We market the PGI labelled Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands in the UK and abroad and promote Scottish pork products under the Specially Selected Pork Banner. Our assurance schemes cover more than 90% of livestock farmed for meat in Scotland and offer consumers the legal guarantee that the meat they buy has come from animals that have spent their whole lives being raised to some of the world’s strictest standards. Scotland’s beef, lamb and pork producers make an important contribution to the country’s rural economy, contributing over £1,500m to the annual GDP of Scotland and supporting in excess of 30,000 jobs in the farming, agricultural supply and processing sectors. With hundreds of years of tradition, Scottish farmers pride themselves on meeting the high standards of today’s modern consumers, at home and abroad.



The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain to help the industry succeed in a rapidly changing world. We want to create a world-class food and farming industry, inspired by and competing with the best.


Scottish Land & Estates

Helping rural Scotland thrive

Our vision is to make a prosperous and sustainable future for rural Scotland, delivering benefits for all. We do this by championing and supporting rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefit to the countryside.

From campsites to community owners to country estates, our members represent a diverse community passionate in promoting rural Scotland, and we’ve acted as their voice for over 100 years.

Our members have businesses or interests in these vital areas, and we help them to prosper through the knowledge, advice and relationships we’re able to provide:

  • Managing crops and livestock
  • Providing employment and affordable housing
  • Providing tourism and leisure services
  • Producing wood and fibre products from timber
  • Caring for landscapes, habitats and wildlife
  • Maintaining and investing in built heritage
  • Providing premises and infrastructure for small rural businesses
  • Combating climate change
  • Creating energy from renewable sources

We are here to represent members’ views to politicians and other decision makers, to identify future opportunities and risks for land based businesses, to celebrate rural successes, and to provide support to those with a stake in land and property in rural Scotland. Our member network is a great way to share knowledge and good practice.


Event Charity Partner

The Royal Highland Education Trust

The Royal Highland Education Trust works with volunteers to provide free educational activities and experiential learning opportunities linked to Curriculum for Excellence.

Our purpose is to bring farming and the working countryside and its practices to life for young people.

We work with partners to provide and deliver world-leading learning opportunities for all Scotland’s young people aged 3 to 18 about, in and through the Scottish agricultural environment and the countryside.

RHET aims to provide the opportunity for every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.

This is achieved through a number of key activities:

  1. Farm visits for schools
  2. Classroom speaker talks by volunteer farmers
  3. Providing free educational resource materials for schools
  4. Outdoor education events across Scotland
  5. Competitions and projects for schools
  6. Training farmers and teachers in the delivery of information relating to food and farming
  7. The Royal Highland Show education programme for visiting schools and Children’s Education Centre

RHET will take the following strategic actions to achieve our aim:

  1. Providing and promoting opportunities for Scotland’s young learners to visit the working countryside.
  2. Providing and promoting opportunities for Scotland’s young learners to engage with people who work in the countryside and agricultural industries, using a variety of settings, including online.
  3. Working in partnership to provide development opportunities for teachers and volunteers; creating and sharing learning resources to support understanding of food, farming and rural issues.
  4. Reviewing and continuously improving our ways of working as an organisation. Encouraging forward planning, reflecting regularly on the effectiveness of our activities, our communications systems, our policies and procedures and our support for the development of the people in our organisation.
  5. Managing our resources effectively to enable us to deliver the above priorities at national and regional levels, by securing funding, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and developing partnerships.

Every academic year, RHET takes more than 21,000 children onto farms and estates throughout Scotland and over 38,000 pupils have a farmer come and talk in their school (2018-19 figures).

At the Royal Highland Show in June each year, RHET accommodates roughly 300 school groups on the Thursday and Friday and provides educational activities for the general public on the Saturday and Sunday of the Show.

All RHET services and resources are FREE to schools in Scotland and organised by a team of Project Coordinators and volunteer committees, representing each of the twelve RHET Countryside Initiatives throughout Scotland.

Each Coordinator works year-round to help deliver opportunities for pre-school, primary and secondary children to gain a better understanding of the Scottish countryside by providing reliable and balanced information on farming and rural issues and organising fully risk-assessed farm visits, classroom talks and a host of other competitions and events.


We also offer our event management services to create bespoke creative solutions tailored to your business needs.

Our events team are highly skilled in bringing to life event ideas through to conception. We have a vast array of contacts within varying sectors which allow us to target your required audience. Our events are of the highest calibre bringing together the best in hosting, entertainment and hospitality all while working towards the common goal of creating worthwhile live content for every person involved.

Benefits of becoming a Sponsor

  • Gain access to a specific demographics. Event sponsorship offers a way to reach a specific target audience that may have been inaccessible otherwise.
  • Live Events provide a lead-nurturing Environment. We offer the opportunity to provide a networking booklet which gives attendees access to every name and organisation in the room alongside their table number, allowing for qualified conversations in a less formal environment.
  • As The Scottish Farmer enters their 130th year our audience has never been bigger across all multimedia channels. With our campaigns lasting 4-5 months your brand will be front and centre of all marketing during this period.
  • Sponsorship offers a partnership approach with the worlds longest running Farming Newspaper which is trusted to provide high quality analysis and opinions on the Agricultural landscape.
  • Raise your brand value by association with a high-quality awards process which recognises excellence with an impartial and in-depth judging panel and process
  • All of our partners work with us and have the opportunity to support in the legacy and shape of each event, allowing for a truly collaborative approach which ensures the highest quality of events throughout Scotland.

Event Management

We also offer our event management services to create bespoke creative solutions tailored to your business needs.

Our events team are highly skilled in bringing to life event ideas through to conception. We have a vast array of contacts within varying sectors which allow us to target your required audience. Our events are of the highest calibre bringing together the best in hosting, entertainment and hospitality all while working towards the common goal of creating worthwhile live content for every person involved.