Top award for Fettercairn farmer

Recipient of the main RNAS award for outstanding service to North-east agriculture, Dave Carnegie, with Gemma Mackenzie.
Recipient of the main RNAS award for outstanding service to North-east agriculture, Dave Carnegie, with Gemma Mackenzie.

A Fettercairn farmer has been handed the prestigious Royal Northern Award in the annual Royal Northern Awards for outstanding service to the industry.

Dave Carnegie, Steelstrath, Fettercairn, who is also an agricultural contractor was given the honour at an awards lunch in Aberdeen last Friday (November 4).

Dave became the first Scot to win the world ploughing championship in 1996 and last month won the Scottish ploughing championship for the second time.

Near neighbour, Mrs Alison Argo, Auchcairnie, Fettercairn, secretary of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, organisers of the awards, received the Aberdeen and Northern Marts award for service on a more local basis.

Other recipients of awards were mobile feed mixing pioneer, George McCombie, who has just retired as managing director of Feedmix Ltd, Turriff, now part of the Harbro Group, who was presented with the David Argo Unsung Hero award, and Rachel Turner, Woodland View, Clochan, Buckie, project officer with the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative, who has greatly expanded the charity’s activities in her three years in the job and received the SRUC under-35 award.

In the farming apprenticeship awards, sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, the joint winners in the section for farmer’s sons or daughters were Daniel Skinner, Fareview, Duncanstone, Insch, and Scott Taylor, Upper Braikley, Methlick, while Ashley Stephen, Logie, Gamrie, won the employee award.

The award for an agricultural engineering apprentice went to David Clark, Insch, who works with Sellars Agriculture Ltd, Oldmeldrum

RNAS president, Janelle Anderson, said the selection panel had faced a very difficult task in choosing the award winners.

“All those receiving these prestigious awards are worthy winners and a credit to the North-east,” said Ms Anderson. “The breadth of talent we have in the industry augurs well for the future of farming in the North-east.”