National award for Coldstream farmer

Colin McGregor who runs Coldstream Mains has been recognised by the food and farming industry as the most progressive farmer in the UK.

Thursday, 19th January 2017, 09:28 am

At the 13th Food & Farming Industry Awards in the House of Commons, Colin was presented with his award by Gyles Brandreth.

Colin said: “We were delighted to win the award. It’s great recognition for all the hard work the team put in here and with the other farming businesses we are involved with in the Borders and north Northumberland.”

Nick Rainsley, one of the judges and also representing Agrovista who sponsored the progressive farmer award category, said: “There were a couple of things that really stood out in how Colin operates the business – their attention to detail across, not only the land they farm but the cropping and the precision to which they analyse their input.

“It’s very impressive. They have a unique way of sharing profits with their business partners in how they have set up these agreements which allows the business to make a profit which is shared.”

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McGregor Farms’ main crops are winter wheat, winter barley and oilseed rape. They also grow spring barley, vining peas, beans and potatoes, maximising the return from their own and their clients’ crops by investing in the latest high quality equipment and machinery in order to gain optimum crop production results in a cost effective system.

McGregor Farms also operates and manages land under various contract agreements within a 15-mile radius of Coldstream Mains and the business has expanded steadily, by referral and recommendation.

It has been involved in precision farming since 1996, allowing all fields to be divided electronically and the areas managed individually to help maintain yield and increase output.

Its website states: ‘We operate a sustainable approach to farming and the environment. We pride ourselves on investing in the latest high quality equipment and machinery. Complemented by our highly skilled and experienced workforce we gain optimum crop production results, within a cost effective system’.