We’ve had more good news for the Scottish Organic Producers Association recently, as SOPA member farmer Gordon Whiteford, of Highland Eggs, won the trophy for Organically produced eggs at the annual Scottish Egg Quality Awards last month.
The competition, which is now it its 28th year, is a social event for farmers, but one with an element of serious competition!
The organisers of the event drove more than 3,000 miles, across the breadth of the country, to collect eggs, which were then submitted to Scotland’s rural college, the SRUC for evaluation by an independent judging panel.
Eggs were assessed on a number of characteristics, which included shell quality and thickness, colour, albumen height, yolk quality and inclusions (blood or meat spots). Entrants with the highest scores were invited to the awards ceremony where they were presented with certificates of commendation.
There were three accolades to be won at the awards ceremony:
- Shield and overall trophy – Producer/Retailer
- Quaich – Producer
- Trophy – Organically produced Eggs
The overall producer retailer category went to Farmlay Eggs’ Robert Chapman, while the producer award Alistair Mackay of Brackla Farm in Cawdor, Nairn.
The prize giving dinner took place on the 9th of June at the Murrayshall House Hotel, Perth. The awards were sponsored by agricultural feed business For Farmers.
Images courtesy of Lower Mill of Tynet Farm‘s Facebook page.