Finzean estate pipped to the post

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Finzean Estate have been named as runners up for the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s Good Farming Practice award.

Father and son Alan and Hamish Watson, of Balring, Mintlaw, were the winners this year and Andrew Farquharson was on hand to accept the runners up award on behalf of Finzean Estate.

The Watson’s innovative farming enterprise was one of the three finalists in the annual awards which recognise good practice in the management of farms, with an emphasis on environmental management and innovation.

Provost Webster, who presented the awards said: “Once again the judge must have had a very difficult job selecting a winner,”

The integration of farming, forestry, game, wildlife, recreation, farm shop and tearoom, holiday lets and tenancies were the factors which impressed Mr Philip, Judge, at Finzean Estate.

He said: “Finzean is a fine example of an integrated estate playing an important part in the rural community,”

The 850 acre farm on the estate grows malting barley and supports a herd of 165 suckler cows. Beef from Aberdeen-Angus cross heifers not required for breeding is sold through the farm shop.