Grassland Farmer Of The Year

How To Enter

The competition is open to all full BGS members and affiliated local society members.  The entrant can be based anywhere in the UK, providing they go through the correct application procedure (detailed below).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, judging of the finalists will be carried out virtually, using videos and photos of the farm (taken by the farmer) together with an online discussion between the national judges and each individual finalist. In order to ensure that the chosen finalists have video evidence of their farm, taken throughout the year, we would encourage all entrants to the competition to record video footage that could be used if they progress through the stages of the competition. 

  • The first stage of the competition requires the local society to judge and put forward the winning farmer from their society for regional judging. The winner must complete Sections A and B of the entry form  (click here to download the form). Full BGS members can also enter at this stage by completing Sections A and B of the entry form. Copies of the form should be sent to the relevant Regional Council Member and to the competition organiser (sandra.pattinson@britishgrassland.com).
  • The Regional Council Member (click here for full listwill arrange to judge each of the local society winners within their region (this may only be one) and any full BGS members from their region who have entered.  The regional winner is then put forward for national judging and must complete the entry form in full (click here to download the form and submit it to the competition organiser (sandra.pattinson@britishgrassland.com).
  • There can be a maximum of eleven regional entrants, which may vary year to year. The four national judges, plus the previous year’s winner will individually review each entrant based on their entry form. The judges will then hold an online meeting to evaluate and agree on the final three. 
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the national judging will take place online.  Judges will view videos and photographs submitted by the three finalists, together with the completed full entry form.  A time will be arranged for the judging panel to meet individually with each finalist for an online question and answer session.  The judges may request further information/evidence to be submitted by the farmer following the online interview.

If you reach the final three of the competition you will not be allowed to enter the competition in the following year.

What are the important dates?

Dates for 2021

Local entries submitted to BGS and notified to Regional Council Member Friday 18 June
Regional Council Members to notify BGS of regional winner Friday 16 July
Deadline for regional winners full entry forms Monday 26 July
National judges select the three finalists Wednesday 4 August
National judges visit finalists farms Mon 23 – Wed 25 August

Local societies in Wales must use the forms and deadlines set out by the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies (FWGS) to find their local winners and Wales regional winner.

The awards evening will be held online in the autumn.  More details will be provided nearer the time.

The Winner’s Farm Walk takes place in June.

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