NEXT MONDAY is the deadline for farmers to stake their claim on the AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year or Scotch Beef Farm of the Year awards.

The annual awards, sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors and supported by Quality Meat Scotland, help raise the profile of the dedication and passion of cattle and sheep farmers in Scotland who work hard to produce top-quality Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI the industry is renowned for.

Joyce Campbell of Armadale – who was the inaugural winner of the AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year award in 2015, and is now a 'Meat With Integrity' ambassador – called on farmers to take the time to fill out the application and help promote their industry to the wider public.

“It's more than just an award," she declared. "It’s an opportunity to positively promote our world-class red meat industry and, importantly, the farmers who take real pride in producing PGI Scotch Beef and Lamb. I strongly encourage any farmer who is undecided about whether or not to apply to just do it – you won’t regret it.”

These comments were echoed by QMS head of industry development Sarah Millar: “I strongly encourage livestock farmers to submit their application for the AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year and Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

“We have some world class farming operations here in Scotland, fuelled by individuals with passion for what they do – and this should be celebrated. The AgriScot Awards are a fantastic platform for farmers to champion what they do and the industry they support.”

Entries are invited from livestock enterprises across Scotland which can demonstrate excellent stock management skills coupled with enthusiasm and focus in providing efficient, profitable production of Scotch Beef and Lamb. Farmers can either apply themselves, or nominate, in confidence, other beef or sheep producers they feel are deserving of either title.

Those who supply services or products to the industry, from vets to feed manufacturers, as well as the others involved in the production chain such as processors, hauliers and auction markets, are also encouraged to nominate livestock farms which are examples of excellence in the industry.

The recipients of both awards will each receive a £500 cheque, plus a £250 voucher to celebrate their success at a restaurant in the Scotch Beef Club – the club run by QMS with members committed to serving top quality Scotch Beef. The awards will be presented at AgriScot at Ingliston on Wednesday November 20.

To apply for either award contact Laura Strang on 0131 40510 7920 or email