Andrew Blake is runner-up in this year’s Perkins Engines Power on the Farm Award, organised in partnership with the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists. His prize of £1000 was awarded for his report on a farmer’s approach to optimum cultivations published in Tillage magazine. The judges said it provided readers with a good insight into how a combination of cultivation techniques and other farming methods helped a Cotswold grower make the best of this ‘thin’ soils.
“That my article was judged runner-up was a welcome surprise,” says Andrew Blake. “I wish to thank Perkins for supporting the Guild and giving us all a great celebration day.”
The judging panel was made up of Andrew Curtis, Perkins agriculture sales manager; Adrian Bell, representing the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ); and last year’s winner David Cousins.
Olivia Cooper, winner of the Power on the Farm award in 2012, received the top prize of £2000 from Andrew Curtis for an article on dairy farm feeding automation, which had been published in Farmers Guardian. The judges considered it an informative and balanced article about the experience of the first farmer in the UK to use new automated feeding technology.
Due to the quality of the entries submitted, the judges selected two joint third prize winners who each received a £750 prize.
Winners all, from left: Olivia Cooper, James Andrews, Andrew Curtis of Perkins Engines Co, Andrew Blake and Nick Fone.