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 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.
The winners of the 2017 award were the Chapman Family at West Cockmuir, Strichen.
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.