Organic producers represented at AgriScot 2017

We had a fantastic time at this year’s AgriScot event, and we particularly enjoyed seeing some of our members and other organic producers on the shortlist for the 2017 AgriScot awards!

Scotch Beef Farm of the YearSOPA member Pitgaveny Farm managed by SOPA Board Director Martin Birse was amongst the three finalists this year. Pitgaveny is a split unit having both organic and non-organic land and enterprises and is owned by Conan Dunbar and Rebecca Russell, family of Col. Dunbar. As such the estate runs an organic and non-organic herd.

The organic herd is approx. 60 head of AAX cows producing finished cattle and all calved outside and outwintered apart from finishers.  The non-organic herd is comprised of approx. 200 SIM cows.


The winner and nominees for the AgriScot 2017 Scottish Beef Farm of the Year Award. Martin Birse third from right.

Product Innovation Award – Animal nutrition company Norvite, whose Managing Director is SOPA Board Director Ed Smith were in the running for the Product Innovation Award.

A leading supplier to the Scottish livestock industry, Norvite have built a solid reputation for the supply of quality products and service. The company is proud to hold a Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth II as manufacturers of specialist animal feeds and supplements.

Headquarterd at Insch, in the heart of Aberdeenshire, the company employs over 70 staff and has three manufacturing sites – a mineral plant at Insch (it is one of only two mineral manufacturers in Scotland, which enables it to ensure a consistently high quality of output) and two blending plants, one in Ayrshire and the other at Oldmeldrum.

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Unfortunately, Norvite missed out on the Product Innovation title this year, with the award going to Herdwatch, a farm management app.

Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year OF&G certified producers Barnside Farm, Abbey Saint Bathans, Duns took home the title of the 2017 AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year.

Husband and wife team Charley and Andrea Walker run 840 Easycare ewes and 220 hoggs, as well as 90 Welsh Black beef cows.

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Congratulations to all the winners, and those nominated too. It’s brilliant to see so many organic farms and businesses being recognised for their contribution to the industry.


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