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RABDF/De Lacy Executive Dairy Student Award

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers offers the chance for Agricultural Colleges in the UK to enter the Dairy Student Award each year.

Since the launch of the Award in 1991 the participation and enthusiasm of the colleges and universities has been outstanding.  To find out details of the 2013 winner, click here. The competition reflects the need for modern dairy farmers to understand the industry, its strengths and weaknesses, and how best to apply farming methods to achieve optimum results.  Apart from the ability to demonstrate academic strengths, the judges will look for someone who can apply themselves to the technical and management challenges facing dairy farming.  The judges will also be looking for a candidate who is ambitious and likely to move upwards on the career ladder.  

The winning student receives a £1,000 cash prize and his/her college receives a donation of £500 to be spent on a dairying educational project.  All other finalists receive £100 each.

The Award operates as a three-tier competition:

  • Practical judging where students are given a case study on which they are interviewed. Students will be asked to comment on the case study and demonstrate their overall knowledge of the industry including current issues and upcoming changes.
  • Successful candidates from the first round are asked to prepare a five minute presentation on a title given by the judging panel. This round is a valuable opportunity for group discussion and debate.  
  • Finalists are invited to give a fifteen minute presentation on a topic of their choice at the Farmers Club, London where the announcement of the winner is made.

Details of the 2014 Dairy Student Award
We are delighted to announce that De Lacy Executive are the new sponsor of the Dairy Student Award for 2014.

If you have any questions about the competition please contact Emily Rowley on 0845 458 2711 or email

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