The Norfolk County Farm Business Competition brings judges from across the country to judge the commercial operations of entrants of all types and sizes.

The competition recognises outstanding farming practices and places winners in a first-class category against their peers! The competition is open to anyone whose main homestead of 60% of the total farmed land is in the county of Norfolk.

Judges assess the farm’s standards of cropping and livestock husbandry whilst evaluating the farming system used given the resources of the farm such as land type, irrigation and facilities.

The 2018 Leaflet and Application Form can be viewed or downloaded below.

Farm Business Competition Leaflet
Farm Business Competition Entry Form 2018

A special award for the best small enterprise is a major feature of the latest Norfolk County Farm Business Competition.

A challenge cup for the winning small farm-based business under 160 hectares or about 400 acres will also be judged as part of the 39th annual competition.

Organised by the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association since 1979, the county’s top farm businesses compete for the supreme title and the Barclays Bank Challenge Trophy.

And in June, East Norfolk farmer Richard Hirst and family, of Ormesby, will be defending their title against last year’s qualifying finalists.

“But we’re keen to encourage the new generation of entrepreneurs in the county’s farming industry. We know there are some first-class start-ups and exciting farm diversifications driven especially by many younger farmers, said Robert Mitchell, chairman of the Association’s farm business competition.

“This award is looking to recognise someone with enthusiasm who may have added a new arm to a family business for example,” he added.

The judge, Andrew Morton, of the JSR Farms, based in East Yorkshire , will be looking for an award-winning business, which could involve livestock, a start-up or diversification on less than 160ha.

And the top award will be judged by a fifth generation Scots farmer, David Hay, from Perthshire. The family enterprise, which includes 2,500 hectares of owned and contracted land, won the 2017 UK Farm Business of the Year. A world curling champion in 1991, Mr Hay will be joined by a colleague for the judging in mid-June.

Wiltshire farmer Robin Blatchford completes the judging line-up for the competition.

Details of the annual competition can be found on the association’s website and entries must be received by June 1st. Judging will be take place on 18th/19th June and awards will be presented on the champion farm business in early July.

Two long-standing committee members, incidentally both former Aylsham Show Presidents, Bill van Poortvliet, of Colby, and Jimmy Fowell, of Itteringham, have retired. They have been replaced by Emily Page, of Scratby, James Chapman, of Martham, and Jeremy Buxton, of Booton.


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