In early 2005 the Society launched the Good Farming Practice Awards with sponsorship from Aberdeenshire Council. This competition is to stimulate further improvements to agriculture in the North-east. The award is judged through visits to the nominated farms by an independent judge. Balanced attention is given to a variety of aspects including the unit’s stock, crops, equipment, environmental management, enterprise and general impression.
The winners of the 2017 award were the Chapman Family at West Cockmuir, Strichen. Chapman Farms run one of the largest egg producing and packaging businesses in Scotland. The Chapman family have kindly agreed to host a farm walk open evening on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.
Pictured: Aberdeenshire Council Provost, Bill Howatson (second right), presented the winning trophy and certificate to Robert and Ethel Chapman, and son, Iain, winners of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society's Best Farm practice award.
The runner-up award went to Ann Willis and son, William, who run a 150-cow organic dairy herd at Glasgoforest, Kinellar.
Pictured: Provost Howatson also presented the runners-up shield to Ann Willis and son, William (second right) with RNAS president, Robbie Newlands (left) and judge, Dr Gerald Banks.
The winners of the 2016 award were Roddy and Angela Catto of Hillhead of Muirton, Whitecairns. Mr & Mrs Catto run a dairy farm, arable enterprise, beef suckler herd and have installed a biomass boiler. The Catto family kindly hosted a farm walk open evening on Monday 29th May 2017.
The runner-up award went to Pete Watson, Darnford, Durris, who runs a beef herd of 440 suckler cows and followers.