SCOTTISH farmers and rural businesses scooped some of the biggest prizes at last night’s British Farming Awards.

More than 800 farmers and their advisers gathered at The Vox in Birmingham for a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Patrick Kielty.

Emma Gray and Ewan Irvine won gold in both the Small and Medium Diversification of the Year and Digital Innovator of the Year categories for their sheep school at Ardros Farms in Bute.

Rhona Campbell-Crawford from Scottish Rural College won the Agriculture Student of the Year award.

Andrew and Kirsty Baird of Auchnatroch Farm in South Lanarkshire took home silver in the Pasture Farmer of the Year competition.

Sophie Troup, Head of Farming, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing at supermarket chain Morrisons, which sponsored the competition, said: “The British Farming Awards are a welcome reminder of the dedication and hard work shown by UK farmers all year round.”

Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association (NSA), has been honored for his “outstanding contribution to British agriculture”.

Tom Pemberton, a farmer who rose to fame on social media and now hosts a program on BBC Three, has been named this year’s ‘Farming Hero’.

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