Suffolks biggest farmscompetition is launched this week and the Suffolk Agricultural Association iscalling
for entries from the countys farms across three categories. It is alsodelighted to announce that all last years sponsors have pledged their supportfor the 2014 competition.
Bunn Fertiliser Ltd, arethe overall sponsors for the third year running, and the three entry categoriesare: Class 1 (up to 200 hectares), Class 2 (200-399 hectares) and Class 3 farms(over 400 hectares) sponsored by Baker Tilly, Hutchinsons and Larking Gowenrespectively. Special awards are given for Best Crop, sponsored by KochAdvanced Nitrogen, Livestock Enterprise, supported by Thurlow Nunn Standen andBest Conservation supported by AtlasFram.
Itis also open to farm contractors so an owner can enter his farm which is run bya contractor for day to day operations. Contractors can enter their totalbusiness, comprising owned or hired land and any subsequent contract farming operations.
Farmsare judged from first to third place in each category and winners receive atrophy.
Lastyears winners of category three were E J Barker and sons from Westhorpe Lodge.David Barker said: The award was terrific. Going to the presentation eveningnot knowing the result gave extra excitement to the occasion. The only othertime we won the large farms competition was in 1980, now another generation hashelped achieve the same award. This is the first time the winning farm has alsowon the Conservation Certificate which goes to show that you can grow the bestcrops alongside a farm rich in wildlife. We would encourage other farms toenter it is fun gives you a chance to take pride in your farms.
Judgeswill assess the whole business and management of the farms, including enterprisemanagement, marketing, employment and investment strategy. They also consider business sustainability ofland occupation including product development, diversification and long-termdevelopment as well as the farms social and community involvement includinglocal education, public land use or employment activities.
Theclosing date for entries is June 6.
ChristopherBushby, executive director of the Suffolk Agricultural Association commentedthat, Last years competition was very well supported, and we hope to attractthe same level and quality of entries again this year for this popularcompetition. The agricultural awardsevening gave a chance to learn from hearing about farming practices across theregion.
Entry is now open for allcategories and judging will take place on June 16 and 17 by Hampshire farmersin a reciprocal arrangement.
The Awards will be announcedand presented at the annual dinner, together with the Best Alternative LandEnterprise (BALE) awards, held at Trinity Park on October 23, 2014, so markyour diaries! Full details and entry forms can be downloaded at www.suffolkshow/awards or call SueBennitt at the SAA Office on 01473 707112 or email:[email protected]