The 2018 Farmers Ball & South East Farmer Farming Awards

With the RAMSAK Group’s underlying aim to support farmers and bring theindustry together, there is great excitement surrounding the third annual Farmers’ Ball and Farming Awards, which is to be held in December for the first time.

Organised by the Pitchfork Events branch of the group, the event has been growing in popularity and, as well as celebrating the best farmers in the region through the awards, this year’s Farmers’ Ball is also set to provide a great opportunity for farms and rural businesses to celebrate the festive season.

The awards, which are now open for nominations, will include as many farmers as possible, with categories covering arable, beef, sheep, dairy, fruit, family farming business and agricultural student of the year.

Judges are looking for farmers who are passionate, dedicated and hard-working, willing to share best practices with others, with ideas for the future. They will be a source of inspiration and innovation and keen to trial unique practices. Nomination entries close on 1 October, with winners announced on Saturday 1 December 2018 at the High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells.

As well as recognising the best farmers in the business, the Farmers’ Ball was also set up to raise money for the RAMSAK Group’s charity of the year, which is currently the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance. On the evening welcome drinks will be followed by a four course Christmas dinner, DJ and charity auction.

“The ball is an opportunity for everyone to catch up, perhaps do some business and celebrate the winners of the Farming Awards,” said Karen Wheeler, the RAMSAK Group Manager. “The timing of this year’s event will give farms the chance to treat staff to a large Christmas party without the hassle of organising it themselves. As always, the dress code is still country attire. We don’t want farmers to feel like they need to come in full formal evening wear.  We are hoping for plenty of dresses paired with wellies and full tweed again!”