2019 British Farmers Awards Finalists Announced

Fifty-six farmers and growers will now battle it out for the 14 categories up for grabs which highlight the diversity of UK agriculture.

Alongside farming’s core sectors including dairy, beef, sheep, arable and contractor there is also a celebration of new entrants coming into the industry, the wealth of diversification businesses and family farms and the acknowledgement of an evolving digital presence within farming.

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New to this year is Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year, bringing together farmers researchers and tech developers to accelerate innovation and production.

Organised by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, the British Farming Awards is supported by Morrisons.

Now entering its 7th year, the British Farming Awards has become a nationally recognised event which has celebrated, showcased and rewarded hundreds of British food and drink producers doing fantastic work across the sector.


With the agricultural industry contributing more than £24 billion to the UK economy, the role of our British farmers, families and rural businesses has never been so paramount.  

Last year, the event welcomed more than 700 farmers and industry professionals to the National Conference in Birmingham, which will once again play host to this year’s evening taking place on October, 17.

A further two awards – Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture and Farmers Guardian Farming Hero – will be announced during the awards evening.

Ben Briggs, Editor of Farmers Guardian, said:
“Our categories recognise how British farmers have successfully introduced innovation to drive their business forward, despite ever increasing challenges.

“From the smallest businesses to the larger units and from start-ups to those which are long established, the British Farming Awards is a reflection of the diversity, innovation and strength of spirit across our industry."

Andrew Thornber, Manufacturing Director at Morrisons, said:
“Morrisons is the single biggest supermarket customer for British Farmers and we are proud to support the British Farming Awards.

“Our business model is based on buying direct from British farmers wherever possible and we believe this approach strengthens British agriculture and supports farming communities.”

2019 British Farming Awards finalists

The awards welcomed individual entries but also nominations from fellow professionals and peers.

Agricultural Student of the Year, sponsored by Kubota UK

  • Megan Hesketh, Harper Adams University
  • Chris Lane, Harper Adams University
  • Aled Thomas, Harper Adams University
  • Josie Troop, Harper Adams University

 Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year, sponsored by ArmaTrac

  • Alexander Jevons, Hummingbird Technologies, London
  • James Doel, Anglia Quality Meat, Hertfordshire
  • Ian Wheal, Breedr, Exeter
  • Jack Wrangham, Drone Ag, Northumberland

Arable Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Spaldings

  • Euan Caldwell, The James Hutton Institute, Angus
  • Rob Fox, T.I. Evans & Son, Warwickshire
  • Ryan McCormack, Burden Bros Farm, Kent
  • Tim Parton, S.S. & S.D. Kirk, Staffordshire

Beef Innovator of the Year, sponsored by ABP Food Group

  • Richard Bartle, Dinmore Manor Estate, Herefordshire
  • John Egerton, John Egerton, Co Fermanagh
  • Ian Norbury, G. & P.M. Norbury, Cheshire
  • Ed & Julie Williams, Northacombe, Devon

Contractor Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Kuhn

  • Chris and Mark Acaster, A. & A. Farm Services, Yorkshire
  • Robert Chapman, Westover Farm Contractors, Isle of Wight
  • Neil Dallyn, R. & A. Dallyn & Sons, West Sussex
  • Thomas Robinson, Robinson Agricultural Services, Devon

Dairy Innovator of the Year sponsored by Dairymaster

  • Jonny and Carrie Burridge, R.D. & J. Burridge, Norfolk
  • Paul Griffin, Briddlesford Farm Dairy, Isle of Wight
  • Jimmy Pritt, J.W.P. Farming, Leicestershire
  • Ben, Adam and Sam Spence, The Home Farmer, Yorkshire

Digital Innovator of the Year 

  • Katie Anderson, Paddlesworth Produce, Kent
  • Richard Heady, W.F. Heady & Sons, Buckinghamshire
  • Thomas Kitchen-Dunn, Lamb2Ewe, Yorkshire
  • Andy Venables, Hills Green, Cheshire

Diversification Innovator of the Year (Small to medium)

  • Elspeth Goldie, Craighead Country Nursery School, East Ayrshire
  • James Helliwell, H.J. Helliwell, Nottinghamshire
  • Barbara, Sam & Jo Smith, Slapton Manor, Northamptonshire
  • Martyn Steedman, Mains Farm Wigwams, Stirlingshire

Diversification Innovator of the Year (Large) 

  • Tim Barton, Wadswick Country Store, Wiltshire
  • Jason Borthwick, Deepdale Backpackers and Camping, Norfolk
  • Rupert Evans, Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe, Staffordshire
  • Charlie Fermor, Perry Court Farm, Kent

Family Farming Business of the Year, sponsored by Morrisons

  • The Dustow family, C.S. Dustow & Son, Cornwall
  • The Marshall family, Baddinsgill Farm, Scottish Borders
  • The Ross family, A.E. Ross & Sons, Yorkshire
  • The Powell family, D.J. & I.R, Powell, Herefordshire

Machinery Innovator of the Year, sponsored by ArmaTrac

  • Charles Creyke, Wheel Track Roller Combi, Yorkshire
  • Gareth Davies & Phil Corke, Bison Lock, Wales
  • Geoff Eyre, Bale Wrapper, Derbyshire
  • Tilly Pass, Tilly Your Trailer, Bedfordshire

New Entrants Award: Against the odds, sponsored by Massey Ferguson

  • Mark Emery, Badger Cross Farm, Emery Farms, Somerset
  • Lucy Eyre & Nick Langston-Bolt, Langston Farm, Angus
  • Andrew & Aileen Marchant, A. & A. Marchant, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Andy Smith, T.H. & J.P. Case, Somerset

Sheep Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Gallagher

  • Jack Bostock, Lamb2Ewe, Yorkshire
  • Mat Cole, Dartmoor Farmers, Devon
  • Sharminda Lockwood, R.T., J.B & I.J. Lockwood, Kent
  • Eamonn Matthews, Glens of Antrim, Co Antrim

Farmers Guardian's Farming Hero, sponsored by JCB Agriculture

This award recognises an individual or group of people who strive to make a positive difference to the lives of other people during times of uncertainty or adversity. They may also be campaigning to raise awareness to the wider industry and beyond. The winner will be announced on the evening of the awards.

Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture, sponsored by NSF International

This award is designed to recognise one individual’s dedication to the farming industry; someone who has worked tirelessly for UK farming, through delivering innovation, championing the needs for farmers, spearheading change or promoting the industry to the wider public. The winner will be announced on the evening of the awards.

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