Suffolk Farm Business Competition

The Suffolk Farm Business Competition is the SAA’s annual competition to find the best farms in Suffolk.  The SAA is grateful to new main sponsor of the competition- Savills and our long term category sponsors Hutchinsons, Larking Gowen, RSM UK, Stanfords - Colchester Livestock Market and Fram Farmers. We also welcome C F Fertiliser as new sponsor of the Best Arable Crop category.

2016 entries have now closed.

The competition has three entry categories: Class 1 (up to 200 hectares), Class 2 (200-399 hectares) and Class 3 farms (over 400 hectares) It is also open to farm contractors so an owner can enter his farm which is run by a contractor for day to day operations. Contractors can enter their total business, comprising owned or hired land and any subsequent contract farming operations.

Farms are judged from first to third place in each category and winners receive a trophy. Special awards are given for Best Crop, Livestock Enterprise and Conservation.

Judges will assess the whole business and management of the farms, including enterprise management, marketing, employment and investment strategy.  They also consider business sustainability of land occupation including product development, diversification and long-term development as well as the farm’s social and community involvement including local education, public land use or employment activities. 

Judging will take place on 21 and 22 June by farmers from the Harper Adams University Alumni 1992.  All winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner on 20 October and Farms Competition entrants receive two complimentary tickets to the Dinner.


Thank you to all our supporters.

Suffolk Farm business competition in partnership with Savills

Savills is proud to support the 2016 Suffolk Farm Business Competition. We are deeply involved in the rural economy at every level and offer a wide range of services for landowners, farmers and rural businesses from agency and agribusiness to estate management, tax planning and valuation. With rural teams in Ipswich, Newmarket, Norwich, Chelmsford and Cambridge, we offer a truly local service to our clients in East Anglia which is only strengthened by our wider network of offices.


Class 1 Kindly supported by Hutchinson

Class 2 Kindly supported by Larking Gowen

Class 3 Kindly supported by RSM

Best Crop Kindly supported by C F Fertiliser 

Best Conservation Kindly supported by Fram Farmers

Best Livestock Enterprise Kindly supported by Stanfords, Colchester Livestock Market