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Agriculture recognised in New Year Honours

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John Campbell, chairman at Glenrath Farms, said it was a ’great honour’ to receive a knighthood

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Scottish poultry farmer John Campbell said it was a 'great honour' to receive a knighthood

John Campbell, chairman of Scottish borders poultry enterprise Glenrath Farms, has received a knighthood for services to farming and charitable service to entrepreneurship.


Mr Campbell said he was ’highly delighted’ to receive his knighthood.


"I was surprised and consider it a great honour.


"Only two Scots got a knighthood, the other was Andy Murray," he said.


"Not many farmers get this honour."


Mr Campbell and his wife, Cathy, established the farm in 1959 and it now produces around 1.5 million eggs per day. Mr Campbell was a first generation farmer, the son of a butcher from Mull of Kintyre.


"It has been a wonderful year. In July, I was made an honorary fellow of the Scottish Agricultural College and I received Poultry Person of the Year."


Looking ahead to the New Year, Mr Campbell said: "In 2017, there is a huge challenge within the egg industry to get out of caged eggs.


"We are reacting quite dramatically, pulling out of battery cages and into barn eggs," he said.


"Our customers are big supermarkets and we have a very good relationship. We have found them to be fair and good."


Sarah Church, Director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs received Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to British food and farming.

Agricultural honours



John Park Campbell, OBE Chairman, Glenrath Farms, for services to farming and charitable service to entrepreneurship.


Companions of the Order of the Bath


Ms Sarah Church Director, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for services to British food and farming.




Ms Sue-Anne Hilbre Biggs director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, for services to the environment and ornamental horticulture industry.




Dr Heather Anne Barrett-Mold for services to horticulture, sustainable development and environmental conservation.


Dr Helen Mary Crews, director, Animal and Plant Health Agency, for services to plant and bee health.


Anthony Christopher O'neill for services to the Agri-Food Sector in Northern Ireland.




David Edward Cussons for services to agriculture and rural communities in North Yorkshire particularly through the Ryedale Agricultural Show.


John William Greenslade for services to agricultural eEducation and conservation in the West Country.


Alistair Duffus Strachan for services to farming and the community in Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire.


Juanita Anne Francis Wilson, founder of Mossburn Community Farm, Lockerbie, for services to vulnerable children, adults and animals in Dumfries and Galloway.




Sheena Sandra Lamond, manager of Media Kitchen, James Hutton Institute, for services to agricultural science.


Ann Orr for services to agriculture industry and the rural community in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.


Victor Hird farm and estates manager, Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University, for services to Land-Based Education.

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