Search is on for the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2016

Search is on for the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

This week sees the launch of the prestigious ‘Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition, run by the British Grassland Society and sponsored by DLF and Yara. The hunt is on to find the grassland champion for 2016, and is open to entries from affiliated local grassland societies and BGS members in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The prize-winning farmer will be someone who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management and who is a successful contributor towards profitable and sustainable farming practices.

Previous winners include many of the UK’s top dairy, sheep and beef farmers. They have all demonstrated excellence in their grazing, soil and nutrient management, reseeding policy, silage-making or alternative cropping, livestock production and environmental considerations whilst making a profit.

The judging panel this year will consist of head judge Glasnant Morgan, a former competition winner and beef and sheep farmer from Powys; John Read of DLF; John Moore of Yara and last year’s winner Colin Boggs, a dairy farmer from Northern Ireland. 

Regional Council Members of the British Grassland Society will organise the judging of local society winners across their region, and inform BGS of the regional winner going through to the national stage of the competition.

The competition winner holds the title and bespoke glass trophy for a year, receiving cheque for £500 alongside the prestigious title.

Key dates for 2016:

By Friday 3rd June – local grassland societies to notify their Regional Council Member of their winner (excluding Wales where dates are set by the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies).

By Friday 15th July – Regional Council Members to notify BGS of their regional winner. 

Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th August – National judging takes place to select the overall winner for 2016 (you must be available for the judges to visit your farm on one of these dates).

Wednesday 31st August - 2015 Winner's Farm Walk & 'Grassland Farmer of the Year 2016' Awards Evening, Northern Ireland



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