2016 Awards

THE winners of the 2016 British Farming Awards were revealed at a fantastic awards ceremony, held at Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa, held on Thursday 20th October 2016.

More than 600 farmers and industry professionals attended the sold out event, which showcased the innovation and achievements of grass roots farmers across the agricultural industry.

2016 Winners

Agricultural Student of the Year:
Nicola Blowey, Harper Adams University

Arable Innovator of the Year:
Jonathan Boaz, J.F. Boaz & Sons

Beef Innovator of the Year:
Ben and Tori Stanley, Tori & Ben's Farm

Dairy Innovator of the Year:
Robert Sims, F.R. & V.A. Sims

Digital Innovator of the year:
Jonathan Fell, The Ice Cream Farm

Family Farming business of the Year:
The Gay Family, Newton Farm Foods

Farming Partnership of the Year:
Meirion Jones & Iwan Poulton

Machinery Innovator of the Year:
James Geoghegan, Agriknives

New Entrant Award: Against the Odds:
Michael and Laura Trayte

Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture:
Lord Don Curry

Sheep Innovator of the Year:
Ben Anthony and Diana Fairclough

Contractor Innovator of the Year:
Matt Redman, Matt Redman

2016 Video



The 2016 British Farming Awards was held in the regent suite at the Chateau Impney Hotel. A unique historic country house hotel. Dating back to 1875, it was built by englishman John Corbett for his french wife.

Guest Speaker – Sally Gunnell OBE


We were delighted that Sally Gunnell OBE was the guest speaker at the 2016 British Farming Awards.

Profile: Olympian Sally Gunnell OBE, a farmer’s daughter who hails from Chigwell, Essex, has been announced as the guest speaker at this year’s British Farming Awards.

Sally remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth – and a world record.

Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. Today, she mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well-being programmes, and is a high-profile supporter of healthy and active family initiatives in the UK.

In addition, she is also a Prince’s Countryside Fund Ambassador.


What some of the winners had to say

Jonathan Boaz

Arable Innovator of the Year

Mill Farm, J.F. Boaz & Sons, Worcestershire

“I feel totally overwhelmed, it’s one of the highlights of my farming career. The food has been excellent tonight and that is what the industry is all about. The event has brought together the cream of agriculture and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

Ben Anthony

Sheep Innovator of the Year


"It's totally unbelievable. It was a huge honour just to be nominated. It's a really brilliant night."