Squab Hall Farm Manager, Rob Fox, has been officially recognised as one of the best farmers in Britain, making the shortlist for a top prize in the UK’s biggest farming awards.
Rob is responsible for planning, budgeting, buying, selling, recording, repairing and innovating on the 400ha owned farm and on a further 360ha of joint venture land. In a drive for greater efficiency, he set up an arable joint venture with two other local farms. During the past eight years, a good deal of Rob’s time has also been taken up by his involvement with the AHDB, first as a Monitor Farm and more recently as a Strategic Arable Farm for 2017-2023. The awards, now in their 15th year, are judged by an expert panel comprising industry specialists and previous award winners.
The judges commented, “The people Rob works with, and for, clearly value him as a meticulous planner, efficient operator and great communicator. His success in the AHDB role has demanded much time and dedication.”
Farm Manager of the Year is one of 14 categories in the awards, which are sponsored by Agrovista.
If Rob wins the Farm Manager of the Year title, he is then in the running for the overall Farmer of the Year Award, given to the farmer judged to be the “winner of winners”.
The award winners will be announced on 3rd October 2019, at a glittering ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, in front of an audience of more than 1,000 farmers and industry leaders.
Good luck, Rob!
About the Farmers Weekly Awards
The Farmers Weekly Awards celebrate the very best of British farming by recognising and rewarding innovation, hard work and passion for agriculture.
The awards, now in their fourteenth year, provide an opportunity to showcase the best farmers in the country by telling their individual stories and highlighting their contributions to the industry.
The Farmers Weekly Awards night has become a highlight in the farming social calendar. The 2019 awards will take place on Thursday 3rd October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The other award categories are: Arable Adviser, Arable Farmer, Dairy Farmer, Sheep Farmer, Pig Farmer, Poultry Farmer, Mixed Farmer, Young Farmer, Diversification Farmer, Grassland Farmer, Contractor, Livestock Adviser, Lifetime Achievement, Farming Champion.
Photo credits: Richard Stanton