2018 Awards

The winners of the 2018 British Farming Awards were revealed at a fabulous award ceremony last night, held at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, and supported by Morrisons, on Thursday 18th October 2018.

More than 700 farmers and industry professionals attended the event, which showcased the innovation and achievements of British farmers across the agricultural industry.

2018 Winners

Agricultural Student of the Year:
Aimee Budge, Scotland’s Rural College


Beef Innovator of the Year:
James Duerden, Killerwick Grange, Cumbria


Contractor Innovator of the Year:
Andrew Howseman, Howseman Agriculture, Lincolnshire


Diversification Innovator of the Year – Small to Medium:
Steven Holmes, Farmyard Ales, Moss Edge Farm, Lancashire


Diversification Innovator of the Year – Large:
Kathryn Mitchell, The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Moseley Hall Farm, Cheshire


Farmers Guardian Farming Hero of the Year:
Dr Jude Capper


New Entrant Awards: Against the odds:
Rhidian Glyn, Rhiwgriafol, R. & E. Glyn, Powys


Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture:
Mary Mead, Yeo Valley


2018 Video

Venue

The 2018 British Farming Awards was held in the Imperial Suite at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham. The NCC has gained an exceptional reputation across the industry, accommodating over 200,000 guests each year.

Guest Speaker

We were delighted that motivational speaker Chris Moon was the guest speaker at the 2018 British Farming Awards.

Profile:

Chris Moon is a former British Army Officer with three years operational experience. He left to work for a charity clearing landmines in Asia & Africa. He survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history) and negotiated his release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.

In 1995 he was blown up in a supposedly safe area of a minefield in remote East Africa losing an arm and a leg. He survived initially because he treated himself. About fourteen hours after injury he arrived in South Africa where doctors said they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood. Within a year of leaving hospital he ran the London Marathon, raised significant sums to help disabled people in the developing world, worked to ban landmines and successfully completed a full time Masters Degree.

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“I feel totally overwhelmed, it’s one of the highlights of my farming career. The food has been excellent tonight and that is what the industry is all about. The event has brought together the cream of agriculture and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

Jonathan Boaz, Arable Innovator of the Year, Mill Farm, J.F. Boaz & Sons, Worcestershire

“I feel totally overwhelmed, it’s one of the highlights of my farming career. The food has been excellent tonight and that is what the industry is all about. The event has brought together the cream of agriculture and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

Ben Anthony, Sheep Innovator of the Year, Fronwen Farm, Anthony and fairclough, Carmarthenshire