Three top Nuffield award winners have been announced – with their trophies handed over at the trust’s annual conference in Belfast.
The prestigious Steven and Gill Bullock award has been presented to John Yeomans; the HSBC Silver Salver award for the best 2013 report presented to Ali Capper and, the John Stewart Shield for the best 2015 presentation awarded to David Walston.
John Yeomans runs an upland and hill beef and sheep unit in Mid Wales and was a Nuffield Scholar in 2006, returning from his Nuffield travels with ambitions that stretched far beyond the boundaries of his Powys farm. He has set his sights on revolutionising the way beef and sheep carcases are classified in the UK and has achieved remarkable industry success.
“I was lucky enough to be awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to look at objective methods of carcase classification of beef and lamb. It has been a fantastic opportunity and I have made many lifelong friends throughout the world.
I am truly humbled to have been given this award,” says John.
The HSBC Silver Salver award for the best report from a 2013 Scholar went to hop and fruit farmer, Ali Capper, who lives on the Herefordshire/ Worcestershire border. Ali’s report titled ‘The Export of Great British hops and niche apple varieties’ identifies and scrutinises the opportunities and approaches for exporters of hops and apples, using knowledge transfer to establish a strategy.
“I’m overwhelmed with winning this award, and very grateful to Nuffield and my sponsors, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, and the Three Counties Agricultural Society, for giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Ali.
The John Stewart Shield for this year’s best conference presentation was handed over to 2014 Nuffield Scholar, David Walston.
Passion and inspiration oozed from this arable farmer from South Cambridgeshire. Reporting on the topic of ‘Above and below the ground: building resilient, productive and profitable soils,’ David believes many farmers are degrading their soils, which are their greatest asset: that artificial fertilisers and pesticides are being relied on too heavily; conventional soil testing metrics need to be treated with great caution, and that more livestock is needed in our fields, with attention also given to what is in the ground.
This year’s conference has seen an exceptionally high standard of reporting, with Scholars showing both passion and ambition and the trust is pleased to award individuals for their outstanding achievements.
To find out more about the highly successful conference, and to read any of the Scholars’ findings, including John, Ali’s and David’s award winning reports, please visit: www.nuffieldscholar.org.