WE ARE days away from knowing who has been voted the region’s top farmers in our Three Counties Farming Awards.

We had a record number of entries as people queued up to nominate those they felt deserved special recognition in this challenging year of floods and virus.

It includes large and small enterprises from across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, including Churchfields Farm at Droitwich in the running for Family Farm of the Year.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast at 7pm on Thursday, November 26, hosted by BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, with a special message from NFU President Minette Batters and special appearances from a host of celebrities.

And to whet your appetite, here is a run down of all the finalists

Arable Farmer: E.A.Davies & Son - Tom Davies

Cattle Farmer: Andrew Eastabrook; Matt Cleland; David Thornley

Family Run Farm: H & E Rudge; Rea & Son; Churchfields Farm

Farm Conservation of the Year: Andrew Eastabrook; Oxton Organics; James Hawkins

Farming Contractor: Russell Price Farm Services; Colin Warne

Farming Hero: Roger Bowen; Ian Pugh; Sam Stables

Fruit/Hop Farmer: Simon Parker - Instone Court Farm; Orgasmic Cider; Moorcourt Fruit Limited

Pig Farmer: Weobley Ash

Poultry Farmer: Giles McQuiston; Lee Baxter - Penrhos Poultry; Mr Chris White, Ledbury Poultry;

Sheep Farmer: Sam and Emily Stables; Frank Lloyd; Kevin Stokes

Young Farmer: Charlie Bemand; Jo Lawrence; Imi Manning

The sponsors of the awards are: Belmont Farm & Equine Vets (two categories); TH White Group, Avara Foods, Cupid Events, Duchy of Cornwall, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Countryside Restoration Trust, MFG Solicitors, Western Power Distribution, Hereford College of Arts

To follow the broadcast live go to the Facebook page of our sister paper, the Hereford Times.