Dairy-Tech: Students about to present animal health

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Students from the University of Bristol, Duchy College and Harper Adams University have won this year’s RABDF Agricultural Health Management Award, sponsored by Volac and presented at the Dairy-Tech event of the week last, at Stoneleigh.

The awards aim to demonstrate and test students’ knowledge of the importance of proactive on-farm health management and are divided into three categories – students from agricultural colleges, agricultural universities and veterinary schools.

Rebekah Patterson, University of Bristol; Louise Harrison, of Duchy College; and Marley Lamerton of Harper Adams University won the veterinary, agricultural college and agricultural university categories, respectively.

Each contestant had to submit a 1,500-word essay on proactive on-farm health management, with each category winner taking home a cash prize of £500.

Also at the event, a Harper Adams student won this year’s RABDF Dairy Student of the Year award, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, among five other finalists.

Max Mitchell, a student of Agriculture with Farm Business Management, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, won the award after going through a rigorous application process. This included writing a 1500 word essay on a case study prepared by Kite Consulting and delivering a presentation to a panel of judges.

This is the second year in a row that a student from Harper Adams University has won the award, with last year’s student being Katie Ackland from Devon.

Announced to Dairy-Tech, Max received a check for £750 and a trophy, as well as a six-month paid placement with Mole Valley Farmers. The runner-up was third-year agriculture student Matthew McClymont of Myerscough College.

The competition organized by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is designed to reflect the real challenges faced on dairy farms and wider policy issues, as well as to identify some of the rising stars and new entrants to the sector.

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