The 2012 Velcourt Farm Competition results

The Annual Velcourt Farm Competition
Every year each farm manager and the businesses they are involved in running take part in the Velcourt farm competition.  James Townshend and Robin Malim spend time with each manager on-farm and judge the individual performance based on the following criteria:

  • Husbandry of crops and livestock
  • Maintenance of fixed equipment and farm machinery
  • Farm personnel development and training
  • The profile of the individual farm business on a local basis
  • Business development
  • Current financial performance and business plans/budgets for 2012
  • Care of the environment and commitment to the ‘Campaign for the Farm Environment’

There are four categories judged in the competition process:


1. The Andrew Waite Trophy –

Awarded to the Farm Manager who has made the greatest impact in achieving the agreed objectives of the farming businesses under their control, either

In the first two years as a Farm Manger with Velcourt in the UK or In his first two years as a Manager of a new Velcourt business

2012 Winner – Stewart McCallum at Radstock Co-op

2013 Winner – Stewart McCallum at Radstock Co-op

 

2.The Chairman's Cup
Awarded to the Farm Manager whom the Chairman judges has made the most personal progress during the course of the year, in managing the businesses under his control
2012 Winner – Simon Eddell at Rougham Estates
 

3. The Dairy Trophy
Awarded to the dairy farm manager judged to have delivered the best result over the past 12 months in terms of his dairy's performance specifically with relation to the agreed physical and financial targets.  

2013 Winner – Simon Eddell at Rougham Estates

2012 Winner – Stewart McCallum at Radstock Co-op

4. The Velcourt Trophy
Awarded to the Farm Manager judged to have achieved the highest standard of excellence in animal and crop husbandry and overall management of the farm resources under his control, consistent with Velcourt’s objectives to reduce the cost of production, increase the return on working capital employed within each business and maximise profitability.  
The final 6 contestants were judged this year by Anthony Colburn

2012 Winners

1st Mark Edgecombe at Woodsford Farms

  1. 1st  Mark Edgecombe at Woodsford Farms
  2. 2nd Andrew Cullinane at Martin Lodge Farm
  3. 3rd Andrew Lensen at J Goodley & Sons Ltd


Congratulations to all the finalists and category winners, to find out more about the Velcourt Farm Competition, the finalists or to speak to a local Velcourt farm manager please contact your local Velcourt regional office.