Former Hartpury College agriculture student Jacob Anthony has been recognised as one of the best farmers in the UK after being shortlisted for a national award.
Jacob, who studied a three-year Extended Diploma in Agriculture, is among the three finalists in the Young Farmer of the Year category in the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards.
Fifth-generation farmer Jacob was brought up on a mixed hill farm and has taken on the responsibility of 1,000 breeding ewes.
He has also represented British farming and the next generation at a high level through NFU Cymru and the National Sheep Association.
The Farmers Weekly Awards judges said: “Jacob’s good farming practices have led to great results for his business and he shows eagerness to continue maximising efficiencies. His passion for getting involved in farming politics is outstanding.”
If Jacob wins the Young Farmer of the Year title, he will go forward for the overall Farmer of the Year Award, for the ‘winner of winners’ across the 15 categories.
The award winners will be announced on 4 October, at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in front of an audience of more than 1,000 farmers and industry leaders.
The awards, now in their 14th year, are judged by an expert panel made up of industry specialists and previous award winners.
Agriculture students have the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of farming and estate management on Hartpury’s commercially run Home Farm, including milking in the dairy unit and maintaining farm machinery.
For more details about the agriculture courses available at Hartpury, visit www.hartpury.ac.uk
Picture: Jacob Anthony (courtesy of Richard Stanton)