Farm awarded for practice

Provost Jill Webster with Hamish Watson, Andrew Farquharson (left) and Gary Jamieson
Provost Jill Webster with Hamish Watson, Andrew Farquharson (left) and Gary Jamieson

Aberdeenshire father-and-son, Alan and Hamish Watson, Balring, Mintlaw, are the winners of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s Good Farming Practice award for 2014.

They were presented with their award of a perpetual trophy and crystal bowl of their own choice by Provost Jill Webster of Aberdeenshire Council at an informal ceremony at the farm.

The Watson’s innovative farming enterprise was one of the three finalists in the annual awards which recognise good practice in the management of farms, with an emphasis on environmental management and innovation.

Runners-up awards were presented to Andrew Farquharson of Finzean Estate, Banchory, and Gary Jamieson, farm manager with Maxwell Farms of Auldtown of Carnousie, Forglen.

Provost Webster said the Council was proud of its continuing association with the RNAS, particularly in recognising excellence in farm business management through the Good Farming Practice award.

“Aberdeenshire Council is well aware of the contribution which the farming, food and drink industry makes to the local economy – and is delighted to have supported the awards since 2005,” she said.

Judge George Philip, former farm manager at Voluntary Service Aberdeen’s Easter Anguston training farm at Peterculter, said: “The Watson family’s commitment to integrated farming and their development of renewable energy swung the balance in their favour.”