Countdown to unveiling of country's top beef farm

The three finalists shortlisted for the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Award have been unveiled ahead of the announcement of the overall winner and prize-giving ceremony at AgriScot next week.

Husband and wife team Andrew and Josephine Kennedy of Seggarsdean Farm in Haddington have been shortlisted as finalists in the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year. Picture: Hector Innes Photography

Included in the shortlist is Seggarsdean Farm of Haddington in East Lothian – a lowland family farm of 260 hectares which is owned and run by husband and wife team Andrew and Josephine Kennedy.

The family operates a breeder/finisher enterprise running 115 cows, which are mainly cross Limousins. Limousin bulls are used to produce prime cattle. Two-thirds of their herd calve in the autumn with the remaining third calving in the spring. The family target the butchers’ market, selling through the auction ring.

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The two other finalists in the competition are Drumdow Farm near Stranraer, which is run by Robert Parker, and Corrimony Farm near Glenurquhart, Inverness, which is run by David Girvan. Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), which organises the competition in association with AgriScot, said that the finalists had been selected from a strong line-up of entries.

Douglas Bell, head of industry development at QMS, said that while the finalists operated very different types of beef systems, all three farming families shared a dedication to improving productivity and efficiency and a common passion to produce high quality, quality assured cattle.

• NFU Scotland confirmed yesterday that the traditional opportunity for its members to take top politicians to task at their AgriScot seminar would not be happening this year.

Instead the union’s top team will update members on the work being carried out across a wide range of sectors and policy areas after which the floor will be opened to the membership for their views on what needs to be tackled now, and what the Union’s priorities should be as it moves into a post-Brexit era.

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: “There will not have been a more important time for NFUS in its 103 years and this seminar provides a platform to ensure we put the things that matter most to our members at the top of our priorities.”