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 2019 award were the Gray Family, Greenacres Farm, Fordyce. The Gray Family produce malting barley, wheat and seed potatoes of which 50% are exported. They also run a waste recycling business and produce compost which helps improve the soil and reduce their reliance on artificial fertiliser.
Pictured: Philip, Michelle, Helen & Charles Gray
The runner-up award went to the Campbell family who farm 1,025 acres of arable ground and run a groundworks business at Kirkton of Kinellar, Blackburn.
Pictured: Scott Campbell, three-month-old son Blair and wife Elaine, Grant Cameron, worker, Iain and Lesley Campbell and Neil Campbell.
The winners of the 2018 award were the Colquhoun Family at Dendoldrum, Inverbervie.
The Colquhoun family – Gregor and his wife Faye, along with his parents Blair and Judy milk 750 cows on a high-input, high-output system.
Pictured: Blair, Judy, Gregor and Faye Colquhoun.
The runner-up award went to the Hendry family. Brothers David and Alick with their parents George and Barbara run a mixed enterprise at Wester Manbeen Farm, near Elgin.
The Hendry family run two units, Wester Manbeen which is an organic dairy and lamb fattening enterprise, and a second unit at Keith which is run conventionally.