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.
Pictured, from left, are: Claire and Craig Grant, Aberdeenshire Provost Judy Whyte, Pete Watson and Alan Cumming.
Winners of the 2023 Award:
CJ Grant & Partners, Kindrought, Strichen
The hard work and innovative practices undertaken by CJ Grant & Partners caught the eye of this year’s judge, Pete Watson from Durris during his on-farm visit. He was impressed by Craig and Claire Grant’s fully integrated mixed enterprise which includes laying hens, combinable crops, cattle and sheep.
Thank you to Pete Watson for judging this year's competition.
Thank you to Aberdeenshire Council for their continued sponsorship of this competition.
Willie Officer, Ardoch of Gallery, Logie Pert & Elaine Duguid, Burnside Farming, Gellyhill, Banff both received Good Farming Practice Award commendations.
Commenting on Aberdeenshire Council’s support of the Good Farming Practice Award, Councillor Alan Turner, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “Agriculture supports more than half of the 22,000 people employed in the North East food and drink sector. The industry is hugely important for our area, economically and socially and one which we are committed to supporting and develop in these challenging and changing times.
“We are delighted once again to be supporting the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Good Farming Practice awards which continue to recognise the outstanding contributions made by the North East farming community to ensure the industry remains at the forefront of technology and innovation and of course keeps us well fed.”