Grassland Farmer Of The Year

The Competition

The ‘BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition aims to find the UK’s top grassland farmers, promoting the ability that they demonstrate within our industry and rewarding them for their achievements.  The judges will be looking for a farmer who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management and is a successful contributor towards profitable and sustainable farming practices.

Entries are welcome from beef, sheep and dairy farms and from all areas of the UK.

The competition examines the farmer’s approach to the following areas:

  • Grassland & Forage Policy– nutrient management, non-grass forages, weed control, re-seeding policy
  • Grazing & Forage Management– production from forage: grazing system/silage system, forage budgeting and forage quality, grass measurements and forage analysis, integration of grazing/ silage, stocking rate
  • Livestock Production & Welfare– production data, balance of bought-in feeds, replacement policy, welfare of livestock
  • Environmental Issues– manure management, environmental management, soil resource management
  • Overall Impression– for example: use of resources, business sustainability/resilience

Download the full scoring criteria matrix here.

Local judging tends to takes place in June.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the judging of the finalists in 2021 will to 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.

What do I win?

The overall winner of the competition will receive BGS’ prestigious trophy and £500 in prize money. The 2021 Awards Evening will take place online in the autumn,

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