Best in the north carve their names on awards
More than 250 members of the agricultural community gathered for the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s (RNAS) awards lunch yesterday.
Awards are presented by the society every year to recognise members of the farming community.
The worthy winners received their awards at a special celebration lunch at the Jury’s Inn at Aberdeen Airport.
The Press and Journal Award, which recognises a public figure or personality for their services to agriculture, was presented to farmer and housebuilder Malcolm Allan of Uppermill Farm, Kintore.
The local award, sponsored by ANM Group, went to George Mearns from Turriff Agri Parts Limited. The award, recognises someone for their services to local communities, specialist farming organisations or groups.
Mr Mearns also received his 40-year long service medal from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.
Meanwhile the David Argo Award, which is presented to an unsung hero working in the agricultural sector who merits particular recognition, was presented to long-standing Banchory Show committee member Gordon Christie.
The 35-and-Under Award, sponsored by
SRUC, went to researcher Dr Jenna Ross. The award is given to a person in that age group who has demonstrated significant achievement and contribution to agriculture.
The student award for a farmer’s son or daughter working at home, sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, went to Oliver Pirie, Castle of Auchry Farm, Turriff.
The award for a student employed outwith the home, also sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, went to Paul Duguid, of Gairn Terrace, Aberdeen.
Lastly, the award for an agricultural apprentice, sponsored by Turriff Agri Parts, went to David Scott Rosin, Milton of Culsh, Tarland.
PRIZE: Oliver Pirie won the award for a farmer’s son or daughter working at home.
RNAS president Keith Walker, left, and Gordon Christie
P&J farming editor Gemma Mackenzie and Malcolm Allan
Dr Jenna Ross, left, and Professor Caroline Argo from SRUC
ANM Group chairman Pete Watson, left, and George Mearns
Turriff Agri Parts director Eileen Brown and David Scott Rosin
Paul Duguid and Brian Richardson from Clydesdale Bank, right