Farmers from Dunbar were named top of the crop by Marks & Spencer on the first day of the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.
Father and son duo Angus and Niall Jeffrey from Bielgrange Farm triumphed in the livestock category of the company’s ‘Farming for the Future’ awards - a programme of initiatives which champions sustainability and innovation.
The scheme is designed to help farmers identify opportunities for improvement, increase their profitability and provide a supply chain that can continue to deliver quality for the long term.
The accolades celebrate suppliers working towards M&S Plan A commitments including becoming carbon neutral, sending no waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing, setting new standards in ethical trading and helping customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.
The Jeffreys impressed the judges with their dedication to creating a sustainable business, excellent livestock health and welfare standards, as well as countryside stewardship. They specialise in producing high quality Aberdeen Angus beef from their 1,300 acre farm. They have also introduced initiatives to encourage local wildlife including managed woodland and hedgerows, providing shelter breaks for stock and crops, and offering improved habitats. A reed bed has been installed to purify run off and dirty water from the farm.
Angus Jeffrey said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised with this high profile award for the work we are doing in running a sustainable business, both financially and environmentally. It’s great to be working with a retailer like M&S to future-proof our business and ensure we are able to always deliver the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef to be sold in M&S stores nationwide.”