Top award for farmer

Pete Watson and Rodney Blackhall with David Smith (centre)
Pete Watson and Rodney Blackhall with David Smith (centre)

The Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s annual awards for services to North-east agriculture were presented at the society’s annual awards lunch recently.

The award for outstanding service on a more local basis was presented to farmer David Smith of Cliffrickford, Auchnagatt.

David was presented with his award by Pete Watson, chairman of the ANM Group Ltd, sponsors of the award, accompanied by the society’s president, Rodney Blackhall.

Mr Smith’s award recognised his contribution to his local community as a former chairman of the New Deer branch of NFU Scotland and the union’s renewable energy co-ordinator for Scotland.

He started with a small farm near Auchnagatt and now farms 800 acres with a 250-head beef enterprise.

The award ceremony was held at the Jury’s Inn Hotel at Aberdeen Airport on Friday, November 2.