THREE top sheep businesses have been unveiled this week as the finalists of the AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year Award.

The finalist farms – from Fife, Berwickshire and Aberdeenshire – all represent different types of sheep enterprises.

The top picks are – Hill Tarvit Mains, Cupar, Fife, run by Ian Whiteford and family; Barnside Farm, Abbey Saint Bathans, Duns, run by Charley and Andrea Walker; and Titaboutie Farm, Coull, Aboyne, run by Andrew Robertson.

The aim of the Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year Award is to showcase excellence in sheep production in Scotland and to raise the profile of the dedication of the Scottish sheep farmers who produce Scotch Lamb PGI. AgriScot board member, and member of the judging panel, Hamish Dykes, said the families running the three farms shared first class commercial skills and a progressive forward-thinking approach.

“It is important that AgriScot showcases the best in Scottish sheep farming and we are delighted that we have the opportunity to recognise these finalists. All three farms are very different but share strong commercial skills and a forward-thinking approach,” said Mr Dykes.

During their visits to the three farms this week, the judges looked for evidence of a high standard of technical and financial performance, uptake of new ideas to improve efficiency/profitability, a high level of health and welfare and a keen eye on the market for the end product. The judges were also looking to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, and family and staff where relevant, to efficiently produce high quality animals.

Partner at Thorntons Solicitors, Kenneth Mackay said: “We are proud to be sponsors of both the Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year and Scotch Beef Farm of the Year awards. AgriScot are keen to recognise all elements of the agricultural sector and we are delighted to be able to help them achieve that goal.”

The overall winner will be revealed on Wednesday, November 15 at AgriScot. The announcement will be made at 12.15pm in the main ring.