The Mart’s the Heart Awards 2018 shortlist
2016 Winner Round Up
Well, what a response. We received almost 5,000 votes across all of the three categories in the inaugural Mart’s the Heart Awards.
The aim was to recognise not only the business roles which auctions and auctioneers play within the livestock industry, but also what auctioneers themselves contribute to farming and rural communities outside the walls of the markets in which they work.
And it was clear from the weight of voting, clients were keen to lend their support and boost the chances of their chosen individuals. The judges – Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) executive secretary Chris Dodds and his Scottish area counterpart Andrew Wright, plus Barclays national agricultural specialist Oliver McEntyre – did not have an easy job in assessing initial nominations and auctioneer submissions, and balancing these assessments against public votes.
Obviously, there could only be one winner in each category, but the judges stressed they hoped all those nominated this year, plus a great deal more, would feature in next year’s line-up.
As businesses and careers evolve, there is every reason for others to just as easily come to the fore.
They said it was important to recognise ways in which people had taken steps to engage with their community – sometimes not always in ways directly related to agriculture.
It was also important to acknowledge, especially for the main auction category, how individual auctioneers helped steer their auction’s business to cope with changing dynamics in domestic and global markets.
Judges said they were at pains to ensure those chosen were deserving winners.
This year, the Auction Cafe of the Year Award was based on the weight of public nominations and final vote from customers – and the end result was a clear winner.
All three category winners will be profiled in coming issues of Farmers Guardian ahead of the LAA dinner and awards presentation in early November.
We look forward to the next awards!
Head of commercial sales and development