Dairy Student Award

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The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers offers the chance for agricultural colleges and universities 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. The 2017 winner was Richard Beattie, once again a student from Harper Adams University.  

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 and the winning student receives a £1,000 cash prize.

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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.
  • Finalists are invited to give a fifteen minute presentation to the judging panel at the Farmers Club, London where the announcement of the winner is made.


2018 Dairy Student Award Sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers

If you would like to enter the 2018 Dairy Student Award then please speak to your course leader as it is a requirement for them to nominate you for the award.  

Competition deadlines are as follows:

  • Completed case studies to be submitted no later than Friday 16 February 2018,
  • Students will be notified of whether or not they have reached the final round by early March,
  • Final round at The Farmers Club, London will take place Friday 23 March 2018.

If you have any questions about the competition or require further information please contact Emily Egan on 0845 458 2711 or email emilyegan@rabdf.co.uk

We are grateful to Mole Valley Farmers for their generous support of this competition.