Two local businesses make the awards cut

Two Northern Ireland businessses have been shortlisted as finalists in the British Farming Awards 2022.

James Alexander, A. Alexander and Co, County Antrim, is a finalist in the ‘Beef farmer of the year’ award sponsored by ABP Food Group, while John Robinson, of Millwood Crafts, is a finalist in the ‘Diversification of the Year’ (Small to medium) category sponsored by Hillsgreen.

All 60 farmers shortlisted for the British Farming Awards 2022 are making huge strides in helping UK agriculture achieve the industry’s aim to reach net zero by 2040.

The finalists, from all corners of the country, are demonstrating impressive sustainable practices including the restoration of ancient orchards, planting thousands of kilometres of hedgerows to protect wildlife, and implementing a raft of renewable energies to run carbon neutral businesses.

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The inspirational group of farmers and food producers will now battle it out for the top accolades across 15 categories which highlight the diversity and diligence of UK agriculture.

Alongside farming’s core sectors including dairy, beef, sheep and arable, there is a celebration of new entrants coming into the industry, the sophisticated progression of agri-technology and the continuing creation of innovative diversifications.

A further two awards – Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture and Farmers Guardian Farming Hero – will be announced during the awards evening which will be held on Thursday, October 20, at the newly announced venue of The Vox, Birmingham. Organised by Agriconnect, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, the awards are supported by Morrisons.