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Craig Connell from Wanton Walls Farm near Lauder was awarded the ‘Agricultural Runner-Up of the Year’ award at the eighth annual Lantra Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year awards.

Craig, who is completing a Modern Apprentice in Mixed Farming with Borders College said: “The variety of subjects covered during the course has given me advantages in my day to day role, teaching me different ways to do things.

“Along with my father, we want to push our farm forward and continue to farm to the highest standard and be able to produce top quality crops and livestock.”

A total of 25 prizes were presented during the awards ceremony which was organised by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries. The awards, which attracted over 60 nominations, are designed to inspire new entrants to take up a career in the land-based and aquaculture sector and make employers aware of the benefits of a well trained workforce.