Hunt for top beef and sheep farms in Scotland

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The hunt is on to find the best beef and sheep farmers in Scotland.

Red Meat levy body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has called for nominations for the AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year and AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year awards.

The winners of both awards, which are sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors, will each receive a £500 cheque and a £250 voucher for use in a Scotch Beef Club restaurant.

Last year, the beef award was presented to Stranraer farmer Robert Parker, of Drumdow Farm, and the sheep accolade went to Graham Lofthouse from Bankhouse Farm, near Stow.

AgriScot chairman Andrew Moir said the awards offered an opportunity to celebrate the success of Scottish beef and sheep farmers.

He urged beef and sheep farmers across Scotland to nominate someone they know, or apply themselves, for either award.

“The AgriScot directors take great pride in our dairy, beef and sheep farm awards. We believe the awards are a tremendous opportunity to celebrate all that is good in Scottish agriculture,” said Mr Moir.

QMS head of industry development, Douglas Bell, said the awards helped raise the profile and passion of Scottish cattle and sheep farmers.

He said: “It also provides an excellent platform for our quality assured farm businesses to champion the fantastic stock management skills our industry is renowned for.”

Nominations and entries for both awards can be submitted to

The winners will be revealed at the AgriScot event on November 15.