A Deeside family farm was named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year last Wednesday, November 18 .
Darnford farm, near Banchory, run by the Watson family, was announced as the overall winner by Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, during a presentation at AgriScot.
The Watsons run 426 Saler cross suckler cows, with all progeny finished on the farm, other than 50 cattle sold as stores. Cattle is the main enterprise on the farm and as a bolt-on to the main beef enterprise, David Watson and his wife Lynne have also established a 25 cow pedigree Saler herd.
The aim of the annual Award, run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is to showcase excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland and raise the profile of the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef.
The other two finalists were:Wester Coilechat, Callander, Perthshire, run by the Malcolm family, and Prettycur Farm, Montrose, Angus, run by the Sanger family.
Peter Watson, who runs the farm with sons David and Adam and their wives, Aynsley and Lynne, said the family was delighted to have won the award.
“We are very much a family-run business and it is great that a commercial enterprise like ours has been recognised in this way.
“The farm is very much a team effort with the family, as well as neighbouring farmers, Linda Stewart, Allan Melvin and Grant Milne, all involved,” said Peter Watson.
“We have been steadily increasing our herd numbers in recent years and we are confident about the future of our enterprise and in beef production in Scotland and plan to continue to increase our herd size.”